Doherty assures facial-imaging software used to combat fraud is compliant with privacy laws

(Jul 19, 2018) Following Parliamentary questions over Ireland’s use of facial-imaging software to detect identity fraud, Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty assured the practice was compliant with the law, The Irish Times reports. The department maintains that it does not process biometric data, and Doherty added that the collection and printing of “a simple jpeg image” did not constitute “the collection or processing of special category data.” She added, “This arithm... Read More

FDA issues guidelines for EHRs used in clinical trials

(Jul 19, 2018) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued new guidance for organizations using electronic health record data for FDA-regulated clinical trials, GovInfoSecurity reports. Included in the guidance, titled "Use of Electronic Health Record Data in Clinical Investigations: Guidance for Industry," are requirements to ensure EHRs have privacy and security controls in place. If EHR data is collected from "foreign" sources, groups need to think about whether such sources have "certain privacy and s... Read More

How DNA tech is revolutionizing police investigations

(Jul 19, 2018) NBC News reports on consumer DNA sites and the effect they are having on law enforcement's ability to solve cold-case murders. Parabon NanoLabs, for example, and its researcher, CeCe Moore, have helped police solve five such murders since May. The company meshes "high-tech DNA analysis, traditional genealogical work and the soaring popularity of online ancestry databases," the report states, adding, the trend could "revolutionize law enforcement and spur a massive clearing of unsolved crimes." T... Read More

Could this facial-recognition tech help prevent school shootings?

(Jul 18, 2018) Wired reports on the rollout of a facial-recognition tool designed to help schools prevent gun violence. The software, called SAFR, is available to school administrators as a free download, which can be integrated with existing camera systems. One of the people behind the rollout, Rob Glaser, said, "We feel like we're hitting something there can be a social consensus around: that using facial recognition technology to make schools safer is a good thing." The move, however, has prompted concerns ... Read More

Facial recognition for kids at summer camp

(Jul 17, 2018) USA Today reports on new facial-recognition technology deployed at more than 100 summer camps across the country. Parents can see photos of their children when they're at sleep-away camps by uploading a photo of their child. Austin-based Waldo Photos is then able to identify that specific child in the cache of photos taken at the camps. Once a match is found, the service automatically texts the photo to the parent. “As the cost of storage and computing decreases, it’s becoming easier for compani... Read More

Microsoft encourages Congress to develop facial-recognition regulation

(Jul 16, 2018) In a blog post, Microsoft President Brad Smith explores the potential uses and abuses of facial-recognition technology, encouraging the government to provide regulation and develop a set of norms for acceptable use. Smith wrote, “As a general principle, it seems more sensible to ask an elected government to regulate companies than to ask unelected companies to regulate such a government.” In the post, Smith describes issues that can be addressed through government oversight and what he considers... Read More

Some MLB parks to use biometric ticketing

(Jul 16, 2018) Engadget reports that some Major League Baseball parks will begin offering a biometric ticketing option. Clear has partnered with MLB.com and Tickets.com to let individuals opt in to fingerprint-based authentication instead of a paper or mobile ticket. Though a pilot program now, Clear plans a more broad rollout in 2019. MLB Executive Vice President of Business Noah Garden said, "Developing a partnership that will unify emerging identity technology and ticketing is reflective of our commitments ... Read More

Facial-expression reader acquired in multimillion-dollar deal

(Jul 13, 2018) EmotionReader, a Limerick-based startup, was acquired by venture-backed facial-recognition technology specialist Kairos in a multimillion-dollar deal. EmotionReader’s software uses artificial intelligence to track facial expressions and report how audiences feel about the content they are viewing in real time. EmotionReader Co-Founder Stephen Moore said, “EmotionReader’s technology is a perfect fit for the Kairos platform. I believe with recent advances in AI and deep learning we’re at a tipping... Read More

Orlando moves ahead with second round of Rekognition pilot program

(Jul 12, 2018) Despite protests surrounding Amazon’s facial-recognition software, Rekognition, Florida’s Orlando Police Department and the city of Orlando announced plans to launch a second round of testing for the software, Government Technology reports. In a memo to the city mayor, Orlando Police Chief John Mina, Deputy Police Chief Mark Canty, Orlando Chief Administrative Officer Byron Brooks, and Orlando Chief Information Officer Rosa Akhtarkhavari requested Orlando continue with the pilot program, noting ... Read More

Facebook pushes for facial-recognition adoption in EU

(Jul 10, 2018) As part of an update to the user-permission process in the European Union, Facebook is reintroducing its facial-recognition system, The New York Times reports. When the company’s facial-recognition system was first introduced six years ago, it was met with questions from regulators and ultimately deactivated. Now, Facebook claims the technology can help protect user identity by thwarting against impersonation. Critics argue that even if a user opts out of the service, the company still scans eve... Read More