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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

Facial Recognition Tech Is Ready for Its Post-Phone Future

Apple’s Face ID turned facial recognition into the iPhone’s hottest feature. It isn’t just cool; it is convenient.  A year later, the technology is ready to break through to new applications. Companies are pitching facial recognition software as the future of everything from retail to policing. This technology can catalog your photos, help reunite families or potentially be misused and abused by private companies and public authorities alike.

Full article: Facial Recognition Tech Is Ready for Its Post-Phone Future | WIRED

Facial recognition tech could shorten airport security lines, but is it accurate?

There is growing concern over new technology that could be the future of airport security. The TSA has a new pilot program that uses facial recognition technology, instead of boarding passes and driver’s licenses, at Los Angeles International Airport. The system compares your face to the picture on your passport stored in a secure government database. It has the potential to speed up the line, as flyers won’t need a boarding pass or ID check to go through security, but critics say facial recognition doesn’t work the same for everyone.

Source: Facial recognition tech could shorten airport security lines, but is it accurate? – CBS News

FPF Releases Understanding Facial Detection, Characterization, and Recognition Technologies and Privacy Principles for Facial Recognition Technology in Commercial Applications

FPF has published the infographic Understanding Facial Detection, Characterization, and Recognition Technologies along with Privacy Principles for Facial Recognition Technology in Consumer Applications. These resources will help businesses and policymakers better understand and evaluate the growing use of face-based biometric technology systems when used for consumer applications.

Source: FPF Releases Understanding Facial Detection, Characterization, and Recognition Technologies and Privacy Principles for Facial Recognition Technology in Commercial Applications

Fitbit-based life insurance is a potential privacy and security nightmare

John Hancock is the first US insurance company to ditch traditional life insurance policies entirely in favor of “interactive life insurance.” John Hancock is encouraging (but not mandating) that policyholders to share health and lifestyle data with the company. This data typically comes from wearable devices, like the Apple Watch or Fitbit.

Interactive life insurance is an excellent way for insurance firms to select the more healthy and thus – more profitable customers – while shaping existing policyholder behavior. They could, for example, offer discounts or rewards to customers that achieve specific activity goals. Although customers can opt-out, they’re likely to miss out on certain discounts and offers.

Full article: Fitbit-based life insurance is a potential privacy and security nightmare

Apple will replace TouchID with FaceID

The new iPhones announced on Wednesday, the iPhone XS, the XS Max, and the XR, only use FaceID, TouchID’s heir apparent. FaceID was introduced in 2017 in a perhaps less flawless fashion.

“Unlocking it is as easy as looking at it and swiping up,” Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi said as the then-brand-new $999 iPhone X failed to unlock. “And you know—let’s try that again.”

Source: Apple Killed TouchID Live In Front of Thousands of Eyewitnesses – Motherboard

Fido Alliance adds a biometrics certification program to help fight spoofing 

In a move aimed at upping standards across biometric user verification systems, the industry consortium, Fido Alliance, has launched a certification program for biometrics systems.

The goal of the Biometric Certification Component Program is to provide a framework for the certification of biometric subsystems that can in turn be integrated into FIDO Certified authenticators. While biometric verification systems such as fingerprint readers have been pretty widely adopted in the mobile space already there hasn’t been a standardized way to validate the accuracy and reliability of biometric recognition systems in the commercial marketplace

Source: Fido Alliance adds a biometrics certification program to help fight spoofing | TechCrunch

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