biometrics

£100 contactless payment limit could place shoppers at risk, warn industry experts
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Policy & legislation

£100 contactless payment limit could place shoppers at risk, warn industry experts

The tech industry reacts to the new threshold introduced by the FCA
15 Oct 2021
7-Eleven biometric data collection found in breach of Australian privacy laws
A view of a 7-Eleven convenience store located in Melbourne Australia
privacy

7-Eleven biometric data collection found in breach of Australian privacy laws

The US convenience store chain has been ordered to scrap its facial scanning tool and delete any stored data
14 Oct 2021
What is Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) under PSD2?
Online payment
two-factor authentication (2FA)

What is Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) under PSD2?

An in-depth look at the EU directive that aims to harmonise online payment protection
17 Sep 2021
UK's surveillance guidance shows tech is "impossible to regulate"
Pedestrians being subject to facial recognition technology
biometrics

UK's surveillance guidance shows tech is "impossible to regulate"

Privacy group Liberty says the updated code of practice fails to account for the dangers created by this "dystopian surveillance tool"
17 Aug 2021
Senators quiz Amazon on palm scanning tech
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biometrics

Senators quiz Amazon on palm scanning tech

Lawmakers fret about the privacy implications of Amazon One
13 Aug 2021
Judge forces Capitol rioter to unlock laptop using facial recognition
Capitol building with smoke surrounding it and rioters on it
biometrics

Judge forces Capitol rioter to unlock laptop using facial recognition

Prosecutors argued that the Microsoft device could contain footage of the 6 January insurrection
22 Jul 2021
The pros and cons of facial recognition technology
A woman's face being scanned by facial recognition technology
privacy

The pros and cons of facial recognition technology

Is it really worth risking user privacy in the name of efficiency and security?
20 Jul 2021
EU privacy watchdogs call for facial recognition ban in public spaces
Graphic of a gigantic and sinister CCTV camera observing anonymous people in a crowd
artificial intelligence (AI)

EU privacy watchdogs call for facial recognition ban in public spaces

The EDPB and EDPS claim a ban is needed if we want to preserve our freedoms and create a human-centric legal framework for AI
22 Jun 2021
The IT Pro Podcast: Has the biometric revolution stalled?
The IT Pro Podcast: Has the biometric revolution stalled?
biometrics

The IT Pro Podcast: Has the biometric revolution stalled?

Biometric authentication was supposed to change the world - but has it?
14 May 2021
EU proposes strict regulations to curb AI misuse
Margrethe Vestager addresses a press conference on an antitrust case against US search engine Google at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium on Jun. 27, 2017
artificial intelligence (AI)

EU proposes strict regulations to curb AI misuse

The draft regulations call for the use of systems that allow ‘social scoring' by governments to be banned
21 Apr 2021
TikTok settles for $92m after being accused of harvesting biometric data
The TikTok logo on an application store accessed from a smartphone
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
Post Office branch signage on a building
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?
A scan of a fingerprint's papillary lines displayed in green on a dark screen
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
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