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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

10 ways China watches its citizens

From tracking the activity of mobile app users to setting up a social credit scorecard, the world’s most populated country is taking surveillance technology to new heights. With a population of 1.3 billion, China’s plan to create a facial recognition system that can identify people within three seconds – with a 90 per cent accuracy rate – may seem ambitious, but that does not stop it from trying.

Read full article: Drones, facial recognition and a social credit system: 10 ways China watches its citizens | South China Morning Post

Facial recognition system to be used in 2020 Tokyo Olympics

A facial recognition system will be used across an Olympics for the first time as Tokyo organizers work to keep security tight and efficient at dozens of venues during the 2020 Games. The NeoFace technology developed by NEC Corp. will be customized to monitor every accredited person – including athletes, officials, staff and media – at more than 40 venues, games villages and media centres.

Source: Facial recognition system set to be used in Olympic security | CTV News

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