biometrics

TikTok settles for $92m after being accused of harvesting biometric data
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privacy

TikTok settles for $92m after being accused of harvesting biometric data

Users had accused the social media platform of scanning their videos for facial features and sharing data with third-parties
26 Feb 2021
AI should include 'undesirable side effect' warnings, claims PwC
A handful of colourful pills scattered on a grey surface
artificial intelligence (AI)

AI should include 'undesirable side effect' warnings, claims PwC

Maria Luciana Axente says data scientists should respond to an ethical code just like medical practitioners
26 Feb 2021
Gov considering revamp of NHS app for vaccine certification
People in face masks queuing for a venue
Software

Gov considering revamp of NHS app for vaccine certification

Privacy campaigners say vaccine IDs only offer a "future of more controls, not more freedom"
24 Feb 2021
Petition urges EU regulators to ban biometric mass surveillance
A face being identified using AI
artificial intelligence (AI)

Petition urges EU regulators to ban biometric mass surveillance

Digital rights advocates say tools such as facial recognition bring 'internet-style omnipresent tracking to the offline world'
17 Feb 2021
Post Office embraces biometrics for new digital identity app
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digital transformation

Post Office embraces biometrics for new digital identity app

Customers can be identified for passport and driving licence renewals from the safety of their homes
15 Feb 2021
What are biometrics?
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Security

What are biometrics?

Your face, iris, DNA and typing style can all be used as a password
5 Jan 2021
Why deepfakes could threaten everything from biometrics to democracy
A smartphone showing the download screen for FaceApp, an AI face-swapper
Security

Why deepfakes could threaten everything from biometrics to democracy

Deepfake technology has been rated the most serious AI crime threat, but there are ways to fight back
30 Oct 2020
Clearview AI investigated over 'social media data scraping'
biometrics

Clearview AI investigated over 'social media data scraping'

The notorious facial recognition firm provides image data to law enforcement agencies
9 Jul 2020
Google staff demand firm cancels police contracts
biometrics

Google staff demand firm cancels police contracts

The letter to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai had been signed by at least 1,666 employees
23 Jun 2020
Only skin deep: The state of biometric security
biometrics

Only skin deep: The state of biometric security

Biometrics were supposed to solve the issue of identification once and for all. Are these systems reliable, accurate and secure?
17 Jun 2020
Eurostar will use biometrics to power ‘contactless travel’
biometrics

Eurostar will use biometrics to power ‘contactless travel’

Facial verification tech will eliminate the need for passengers to come into contact with people or hardware
17 Jun 2020
Amazon halts police use of its facial recognition tech
Microsoft facial recognition
biometrics

Amazon halts police use of its facial recognition tech

Company hopes that one-year moratorium will be enough for Congress to introduce additional legislation
11 Jun 2020
Met Police facial recognition plans "a breathtaking assault" on rights
biometrics

Met Police facial recognition plans "a breathtaking assault" on rights

Plans to use live facial recognition come under fire from privacy campaigners
27 Jan 2020
Google testing biometric support for Autofill service
biometrics

Google testing biometric support for Autofill service

Users may be asked for additional verification before Autofill populates apps and forms with sensitive data
13 Jan 2020
If not passwords then what?
cyber security

If not passwords then what?

Google and Microsoft have both talked up a passwordless future, but what does that mean and is the technology ready to make it happen anytime soon?
8 Jan 2020
Biometric data leaks and targeted ransomware to dominate 2020 threat landscape
cyber security

Biometric data leaks and targeted ransomware to dominate 2020 threat landscape

Expect attackers to go after devices previously overlooked
21 Nov 2019
Genetics startup Veritas rocked by data breach
Security

Genetics startup Veritas rocked by data breach

Customer information has been stolen from the DNA-screening company
8 Nov 2019
Banks kill biometric support for Samsung Galaxy phones
Security

Banks kill biometric support for Samsung Galaxy phones

Nationwide and Natwest among several banks taking action after a fingerprint glitch was revealed last week
23 Oct 2019
Why you should be terrified by biometric technology
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biometrics

Why you should be terrified by biometric technology

Unless our apathy towards data protection changes, we may soon lose something we can’t replace
21 Aug 2019
Manchester City urged to drop facial recognition idea
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biometrics

Manchester City urged to drop facial recognition idea

Human rights groups have called it a "disturbing move", citing concerns about the US company involved
19 Aug 2019
Amazon claims AWS Rekognition can now detect fear
AWS Rekognition
biometrics

Amazon claims AWS Rekognition can now detect fear

The cloud giant has updated its facial recognition software as regulators mull the privacy concerns of the technology
14 Aug 2019
NatWest trials voice banking in the UK
voice assistant

NatWest trials voice banking in the UK

Customers will be able to use a Google Home to access their accounts
12 Aug 2019
Windows 10 gains FIDO certification for biometric logins
Microsoft Windows

Windows 10 gains FIDO certification for biometric logins

Microsoft’s war against passwords reaches a significant milestone as users are urged to use Windows Hello
9 May 2019