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Fingerprint case highlights importance of biometric policies and consent

An unfair dismissal case has highlighted the need for companies to update policies and procedures and to obtain full consent before using biometric data in the workplace.

The Fair Work Commission in Australia found that Superior Wood employee’s dismissal for refusing to use a fingerprint scanner was unfair because the company did not have a privacy policy in place; it didn’t obtain consent before collecting sensitive information, and it failed to issue a privacy collection notice.

Full article: Fingerprint case highlights importance of biometric policies and consent

The growing legal and regulatory implications of collecting biometric data

Although biometric technologies make the authentication experience easier, the actual collection and storage of the data is presenting new security risks.

In EU use of biometric data now is now regulated by General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In the US, state regulators have reacted to these growing concerns around biometric data by enacting or proposing legislation. The Illinois Supreme Court reversed the lower court rulings and ruled that Six Flags had violated BIPA. Massachusetts, New York, and Michigan all have privacy bills in development that have similar requirements to BIPA, and more states are likely to consider drafting laws governing the collection, usage, and storage of biometric data.

Full article: The growing legal and regulatory implications of collecting biometric data | ZDNet

New Privacy Fears About DNA Sleuthing

For the first time on record, the new forensic science of genetic genealogy has been used to identify a suspect in a case of violent assault. Cops in Utah had to obtain special permission to upload crime scene DNA to a website called GEDmatch, which had previously only allowed police to investigate homicides or rapes.

However, critics fear we’re on a slippery slope of genetic genealogy being used to investigate less serious crimes. “We’re right here on the precipice, sliding down,” one expert said.

Source: GEDmatch And Genetic Genealogy Helped Cops Charge A Utah Teen With Assault, Alarming Privacy Experts

EU pushes to link tracking databases

Lawmakers are set to approve plans for an enormous new database that will collect biometric data on almost all non-EU citizens in Europe’s visa-free Schengen area.

The database — merging previously separate systems tracking migration, travel and crime — will grant officials access to a person’s verified identity with a single fingerprint scan.

Source: EU pushes to link tracking databases – POLITICO

Franch DPA Issues Standard Regulation For Biometric Systems In The Workplace

CNIL has adopted on 10 January 2019, further to a sectorial consultation with public bodies and private organisations, its first standard regulation that lays down legally binding rules applicable to data controllers subject to French Law, who use biometric systems to control access to premises, devices and applications at work.

The Regulation prescribes specific requirements for the processing, by a public or private employer, of biometric data to control accesses to work premises, to information systems or applications used in the context of business tasks entrusted to data subjects (i.e., employees, agents, interns and contractors).

Given the particular sensitivity of biometric data, the Regulation sets out stringent obligations to data controllers regarding the conditions of processing of such biometric data in the workplace.

Full article: France: The First Cnil Standard Regulation For Biometric Systems In The Workplace

CNIL Publishes Binding Rules on Processing Biometric Data as Workplace Access Control

On March 28, 2019, the French data protection authority (“CNIL”) published a “Model Regulation” addressing the use of biometric systems to control access to premises, devices and apps at work.

The Model Regulation lays down binding rules for data controllers who are subject to French data protection law and process employee biometric data for such purposes.

Source: CNIL Publishes Binding Rules on Processing Biometric Data as Workplace Access Control

Why companies want to mine the secrets in your voice

The voice is highly personal, hard to fake, and it contains surprising information about our mental health and behaviors.

The Israeli company uses real-time voice analysis during calls to evaluate whether someone is likely to default on a bank loan, buy a more expensive product, or be the best candidate for a job.

Full article: Why companies want to mine the secrets in your voice – The Verge

The US Government Will Use Facial Recognition In Top Airports

US Customs and Border Protection is scrambling to implement “biometric entry-exit system,” with the goal of using facial recognition technology on travelers aboard 16,300 flights per week — or more than 100 million passengers traveling on international flights out of the United States — in as little as two years. This, despite questionable biometric confirmation rates and few, if any, legal guardrails.

Source: The US Government Will Use Facial Recognition In Top Airports

W3C and FIDO Alliance Finalize Web Standard for Secure, Passwordless Logins

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the FIDO Alliance announced the Web Authentication (WebAuthn) specification is now an official web standard.

WebAuthn is a browser/platform standard for simpler and stronger authentication. It is already supported in Windows 10, Android, and Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Apple Safari (preview) Web browsers.

WebAuthn allows users to log into their internet accounts using their preferred device. Web services and apps can — and should—turn on this functionality to give their users the option to log in more easily via biometrics, mobile devices and/or FIDO security keys, and with much higher security over passwords alone.

Source: W3C and FIDO Alliance Finalize Web Standard for Secure, Passwordless Logins

How facial recognition technology follows you, even as you shop

As digital billboards record customers’ reactions to advertisements tailored to them, just who is safeguarding Australians’ privacy?

The semi-camouflaged cameras can determine not only your age and gender but your mood, cueing up tailored advertisements within seconds, thanks to facial detection technology.

Full article: Are you being scanned? How facial recognition technology follows you, even as you shop | Technology | The Guardian

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