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This little-known facial-recognition accuracy test has big influence

The closely watched NIST results released last November concluded that the entire industry has improved not just incrementally, but “massively.” It showed that at least 28 developers’ algorithms now outperform the most accurate algorithm from late 2013, and just 0.2 percent of all searches by all algorithms tested failed in 2018, compared with a 4 percent failure rate in 2014 and 5 percent rate in 2010.

Full article: This little-known facial-recognition accuracy test has big influence

Feds forcing mass fingerprint unlocks is an “abuse of power,” judge rules

According to a new ruling issued last week by a federal magistrate in Oakland, California, the government can’t get a warrant granting permission to turn up at a local house allegedly connected to a criminal suspect, seize all digital devices, and force anyone found at the house to use biometrics to try to unlock those devices.

Source: Feds forcing mass fingerprint unlocks is an “abuse of power,” judge rules | Ars Technica

Airport Surveillance Takes Off in a New, Dangerous Direction

In 2018, we learned that expanded biometric surveillance is coming to an airport near you. This includes face recognition, iris scans, and fingerprints. And government agencies aren’t saying anything about how they will protect this highly sensitive information.

Full article: Year in Review: Airport Surveillance Takes Off in a New, Dangerous Direction | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Companies ‘can sack workers for refusing to use fingerprint scanners’

Fair Work Commission rejects case by Queensland sawmill worker who said scanning system was a breach of his privacy Businesses using fingerprint scanners to monitor their workforce can legally sack employees who refuse to hand over biometric information on privacy grounds, the Fair Work Commission has ruled.

Full article: Companies ‘can sack workers for refusing to use fingerprint scanners’

Researchers create ‘master key’ fingerprints that can fool biometric databases

Researchers from New York University have created a set of master fingerprint keys that can be used to spoof biometric identification systems.

While the database of fingerprints used by the researchers had a chance of falsely matching with a random fingerprint one out of 1000 times, the master prints they generated had the power to falsely match one out of five times.

This is alarming because a growing number of devices, and large scale databases like India’s Aadhar, use digital fingerprinting to uniquely identify users – and could potentially be targeted with such ‘master key’ fingerprints by identity thieves.

Full article: Researchers create ‘master key’ fingerprints that can fool biometric databases

Alarm over talks to implant UK employees with microchips

Britain’s biggest employer organisation and main trade union body have sounded the alarm over the prospect of British companies implanting staff with microchips to improve security. UK firm BioTeq, which offers the implants to businesses and individuals, has already fitted 150 implants in the UK.

The tiny chips, implanted in the flesh between the thumb and forefinger, are similar to those for pets. They enable people to open their front door, access their office or start their car with a wave of their hand, and can also store medical data.

Source: Alarm over talks to implant UK employees with microchips | Technology | The Guardian

Facial image matching system risks ‘chilling effect’ on freedoms

Civil rights groups have warned a vast, powerful system allowing the near real-time matching of citizens’ facial images risks a “profound chilling effect” on protest and dissent. The technology collects and pools facial imagery from various state and federal government sources, including driver’s licences, passports and visas. The biometric information can then rapidly – almost in real time – be compared with other sources, such as CCTV footage, to match identities.

Full article: Facial image matching system risks ‘chilling effect’ on freedoms, rights groups say | World news | The Guardian

Controlling our health data before it controls us

As smart devices in health care evolve, the line between human and machine is blurring — and creating new concerns about consumer safety and privacy rights.  High-tech health care solutions are part of an emerging sector of medical technologies that monitor personal health data by essentially connecting your body to the Internet. We should consider establishing rules to govern the legal, privacy and ethical issues that are already arising from smart medical and biometric devices.

Full article: Controlling our health data before it controls us – The Washington Post

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