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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

Will Your Face Be Enough to Get You on a Plane?

Facial recognition may soon be coming to an airport security line near you. Recently US Transportation Security Administration released a report outlining changes it is proposing on how passengers are screened before boarding their flights. Key among those changes is the proposal that passports and other forms of identification will eventually be replaced by biometric technology.

Source: Will Your Face Be Enough to Get You on a Plane? – The New York Times

Soon, your face will be your boarding card

Soon, you will not need ID proof and boarding cards to board a domestic flight in India. Indian government has zeroed in on facial recognition as the biometric to be used for giving passengers paperless entry into airports for domestic flights. The process will roll out at the 8 airports – Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad,  Bengaluru, Varanasi, Vijayawada, Pune and Kolkata.

Source: Soon, your face will be your boarding card – Times of India

Feds Force Suspect To Unlock An Apple iPhone X With Their Face

It’s the first time since the iPhone X launched that any cop has used Face ID to force an iOS device open. With a search warrant in hand, a federal investigator told suspect to put his face in front of the phone, which he duly did. That allowed the agent to pick through the suspect’s online chats, photos and whatever else he deemed worthy of investigation. Whilst the feds obtained a warrant, and appeared to have done everything within the bounds of the law, concerns remain about the use of such tactics.

Source: Feds Force Suspect To Unlock An Apple iPhone X With Their Face

Digital IDs Are More Dangerous Than You Think

Governments seek to digitize their citizens in an effort to universalize government services, while the banking, travel, and insurance industries aim to create more seamless processes for their products and services. However, digital ID poses one of the gravest risks to human rights when combined with facial recognition technology, geo-location and other identifiers.

Source: Digital IDs Are More Dangerous Than You Think | WIRED

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