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ProLinks Biometrics #56 - Bill Gates, Digital IDs and the issues of managing identities

Bill Gates funding Digital ID research The Alan Turing Institute cooperates with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve digital identity solutions. Check out the program page for more details. NIST to benchmark facial recognition on faces with masks Everybody in biometrics is looking at NIST benchmarks and now they want to test facial recognition algorithms on face images occluded with masks , which became really important over past months. Some questions for remote onboarding It is always good to think about the worst case scenarios and here is a short summary of concerns when using selfies for remote onboarding. Of course, it is always important to strike some balance between security, usability and potential risk of breaking the checks. Digital banking in Slovakia Slovakia is one of the leaders when using newest technology in banking including biometrics . Here is an interview with one of the major baking system supplier Softec Identity management done right Biometrics i

ProLinks Biometrics #55 - The death of fingerprint scanners

A lot has happen in the biometric field in the past two weeks, from facial recognition vendors helping countries fight the spread of the virus to affecting fingerprint scanner market. Also some great guides to facial recognition and interesting look into printing artificial fingerprints. Enjoy! Facial biometric is fighting Covid-19 Poland and other countries are using facial biometrics to fight Covid-19 spread. Use cases range from registration for help to quarantine checks. Also, biometric IDs can help to fight epidemics and pandemics more effectively by identifying sick and cured more precisely. "More than 1 billion people worldwide have no way of proving their identity, according to the World Bank." This is the time to get rid of passwords World Economic Forum is arguing, that we should get rid of passwords to reduce fraud . Nowadays a lot of business transactions are done remotely and passwords are insufficient to really provide secure transactions: &q

ProLinks Biometrics #54 - Covid everywhere

Of course biometric field is influenced by current pandemic, but also good news about facial recognition accuracy and bad (or good, depending on your goal) news about deep fakes. Enjoy! Covid-19 everywhere Biometric shift to face is only being accelerated now as touching fingerprint scanners becomes troublesome. Also other technology like fever detection is being deployed in different places . Best algorithms are not racist This report from Information Technology and Innovation Foundation discusses the state of facial recognition algorithms and debugs some of the myths. Deep fakes creation even easier now The state of the art for deep fakes improves again, check it out.

ProLinks Biometrics #53 - Azure biometric support, criminal investigations and more

Azure is starting to support biometrics as a replacement for passwords, police departments can get really creative when using facial recognition and why banning facial recognition is missing the point. Enjoy! Azure supports FIDO2 Azure Active Directory will support FIDO2 standard for biometric authentication. There are some prerequisites as to the versions supported, but it should ease up all the logging in with tons of passwords. Anyway, this week there is a lot of articles about FIDO 2 in general and other news about getting rid of passwords. Celebrities as probe images Apparently, it is not so uncommon to use celebrity images to find suspects in police investigations. Read about it and other "Garbage In, Garbage Out" approaches here . Source: As NYPD is mentioned in the article, here is a related story about their policy on facial recognition . Why banning facial recognition does not make sense While lot of people

ProLinks Biometrics #52 - Great long-forms about NEC and Facial recogniton

EU wants to share criminal databases, Singapore watns to get rid of IDs and Passports and yet another way to fool facial recognition. Enjoy! NEC profile Everybody inside the industry knows NEC, but if you have never heard of this company, check out its profile from OneZero . Another way to fool facial recognition Researchers like to break things, so here is a new paper that shows you how to fool a lot of facial recognition systems, called Fawkes. Facebook paying people for their voices Facebook is trying to improve its voice recognition and probably after the fines based on BIPA is doing it the right way - getting it from users with explicit consent. Android to make biometrics easier Android will allow developers to tune the security level of biometric authentication, which is a huge improvement from current state. We have to wait for Android 11 though . Singapore getting rid of IDs and Passports According to The Straits Times , Singapore is aiming to replace

ProLinks Biometrics #51 - Clearview AI and the backlash

This edition brings good and bad news about controversial company Clearview AI. You can also find out about best practices working with biometrics or huge fines for Facebook and Google. Enjoy! Biometrics Identifying anybody thanks to social media This New York Time expose of a not that well known company shows how companies and governments can utilize public information to identify anybody using facial recognition. The companies from which the Clearview AI scrapped the data are fighting back though . Without some serious changes in possibilities to scrape web we are screwed anyway, as researchers have build their own version of Clearview in about two weeks . Source: Best practices for storing biometrics Jeffrey N. Rosenthal and David J. Oberly of Blank Rome LLP. have provided short summary of issues you may face if you want to be in business of storing and working with biometrics , make sure to check it out. BIPA in action Illinois Biometric

ProLinks Biometrics #50 - Heat seeking facial recognition vs. Sunglasses

While a project mentioned in today's edition is demonstrating sunglasses that prevent infrared cameras from recognizing you, other news talk about US military and Intel working on recognizing you by using your body heat.  I guess we will have never-ending fight of recognition and ant-recognition technology. Biometrics Facebook is patenting facial payments To be honest, I am still amazed on what can be patented and do not understand the (US) patent law, but Facebook patent of payments using facial recognition does not seem to be that original. Biometrics one of the main trends in payments Facebook is probably just trying to capture this rising market , related to strong customer authentication. Sunglasses which protect you from sun facial recognition Sunglasses that hide your face from infrared cameras or shirts that throw fake plates into plate recognition systems. Some of the ways people are using to fight against so called "surveillance capitalism

ProLinks Biometrics #49 - How biometrics is making spying hard

In this edition the highlight for me is an article from Yahoo news about the trouble spy agencies are in because of biometrics and surveillance (I love irony). Other than that, you can read about reducing friction or using biometrics to track police (again, I love irony). Enjoy! Biometrics How biometrics has changed spying Biometrics at borders control, using it to issue documents or checking at hotels is making work of spies using fake identities hard to impossible, depending on a state. For example, Singapore will alert security forces if somebody is taking too long to check into a hotel . Read the linked article to find out much more. Source: Reducing friction Nowadays is all about the user experience and friction or the lack of it. User do not like to make unnecessary actions to accomplish something . Reducing friction is mostly great, but there are also downsides, as overusing social networks. Making sure that policemen are working Pol

ProLinks Biometrics #48 - Emotion detection is BS, biometric cards are coming and more

Happy New Year everybody! After a holiday pause I have prepared a short summary of stories that caught my eye in the biometric industry. Find out more about phishing attacks, account creation fraud and more. Enjoy! Biometrics Children still not being registered properly Right to be recognized as an individual by the state is a fundamental one. Still, one in four children under age 5 (166 million), on average according to UNICEF, are not registered in the world today, which means that they can later on face issues with accessing services or calling on their rights. Source: US has passed a bill to fight deep-fakes House of Representatives has passed Identifying Outputs of Generative Adversarial Networks Act unanimously, which is pretty unusual from my impression of US politics. This should, for example, assure funding for research into deep-fakes. Chine tried to get World Bank funding for surveillance World Bank supports many programs to fight povert