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UK Post Office to use biometrics for client identification

The Post Office is rolling-out of a suite of online and in-branch products in a new partnership with digital identity company Yoti. The rollout includes a free-to-use app that will combine customers’ personal data and biometrics to create a secure, reusable ID on their phone.

Companies can use Post Office and Yoti identity verification services for fraud detection, E-signatures and customer authentication services. The technology uses secure biometric face matching and liveness detection.

Source: Post Office partners with Yoti and unveils digital identity services –

A patent shows how surveillance drones could ID you from above

An Israeli biometrics startup with a history of defense contracts has applied for a patent on technology that repositions drones to get a better shot of a person on the ground.

The patent application, titled “Adaptive Positioning of Drones for Enhanced Face Recognition,” describes a computer vision system that analyzes the angle of a drone camera in relation to the face of a person on the ground, then instructs the drone on how to improve its vantage point. The system can then send that image through a machine-learning model trained to classify individual faces. The model sends back a classification with a probability score. If the probability score falls below a certain threshold, the whole process starts over again.

A future defined by this type of mass surveillance would “obliterate privacy and anonymity in public as we know it,” said Kade Crockford, head of the Technology for Liberty Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts.

Source: A patent shows how surveillance drones could ID you from above

Coronavirus accelerates contactless travel, raising privacy concerns

Hands-free check ins and face scanners are part of pandemic travel. Flying after coronavirus is set to involve far less personal contact with airline staff. Not everyone agrees that’s a good thing.

In German airports, facial recognition technology now lets passengers move through hubs using their faces rather than their boarding passes. Elsewhere, technology developments include mobile phone-operated self-service check-ins.

But digital rights campaigners say they’re concerned the pandemic has opened the door to a culture change that isn’t proportionate and could be detrimental, if passengers get used to handing over more personal data and that data isn’t protected.

Source: Coronavirus accelerates contactless travel, raising privacy concerns – POLITICO

The CBP Used COVID As An Excuse To Install Facial Recognition At 76 Airports

A recent DHS report titled the “CBP Trade and Travel Report” reads like an instruction manual on how to exploit the public’s fear of COVID. The report is a perfect example of how the Feds used the pandemic as an excuse to install facial recognition cameras across the country.

The CBP has used the pandemic to embark on “transformative biometric measures” to enroll more Americans into their “Trusted Traveler” database. he CBP’s biometric Trusted Traveler program is now being used in 76 airports. In two years, the CBP’s Global Entry Facial Comparison program has expanded to 20 international airports in the U.S. However, since 2018, the CBP has used facial recognition to ID a grand total of 7 imposters who tried getting into the United States.

Source: The CBP Used COVID As An Excuse To Install Facial Recognition At 76 Airports | MassPrivateI

Deepfakes Expose Cracks in Virtual ID Verification

The emergence of free, powerful, and easy-to-use deepfake applications has given rise to a new, viable attack vector. Cybercriminals have already begun to leverage these applications to bypass image and video-based verification, which, until recently, had proven to be one of the most secure methods of identity verification.

While currently only a few actors offer deepfake services and often charge highly for it, high image and video-based verification adoption rates among banking institutions will likely correlate to increased criminal demand for deepfakes services. Increased criminal demand combined with high recreational usage and technological advancements driven by the entertainment industry’s adult content could then result in more deepfake service providers and an eventual decline in the cost of these services.

Source: Deepfakes Expose Cracks in Virtual ID Verification – Gemini Advisory

Digital fingerprints on ID cards – no violation of the right to privacy, says Belgian Constitutional Court

On 14 January 2021, the Belgian Constitutional Court delivered a  judgment on the legality of the integration of the digital format of two fingerprints in ID cards, introduced through Article 27 of the Belgian law of 25 November 2018.

After a balancing of interests, the Court ruled that the inclusion of digital fingerprints on ID cards does not violate the fundamental right to respect for private life, thereby providing clarity on a heavily criticized matter and setting an important precedent.

Source: Belgium: Digital fingerprints on ID cards – no violation of the right to privacy according to the Belgian Constitutional Court – Privacy Matters

Vaccine passports: what are they and do they pose a danger to privacy?

Vaccine passports, which would allow people with immunity to Covid to prove they were at low risk of spreading the disease, are being investigated by companies and countries around the world. But the proposals have also raised fears among critics that they could underpin an oppressive digital ID system, and put sensitive medical records in the hands of authorities and employers.

Despite the name, a vaccine passport is not a piece of paper; instead, in the most developed versions of the idea, it is an app or similar system that can prove the bearer has been vaccinated, tested positive for Covid antibodies, or recently received a negative test. There would be no need to build and operate a privacy violating centralised database.

Source: Vaccine passports: what are they and do they pose a danger to privacy? | Society | The Guardian

Vaccine Site Uses Credit History to Verify Patients’ Identities

When retired web developer Catherine Kunicki tried to sign up for her first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in downtown Brooklyn, the AdvantageCare Physicians website rejected her. She received an error message that her identity couldn’t be verified through Experian, a credit monitoring company.

The website claims that AdvantageCare Physicians does not get information about a patient’s credit score. But Experian is a credit reporting company and big data company, and the tool the vaccine scheduling website is using verifies identities by using information that shows up in people’s Experian credit histories.

This is a problem for a lot of reasons. One-in-five Americans is “credit invisible” or has poor credit. Black Americans are more likely to have poor credit; they are also disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Full article: Vaccine Site Uses Credit History to Verify Patients’ Identities

Experian warns of facial recognition, synthetic ID fraud

The widespread shift to e-commerce and touchless payments during the pandemic has escalated fraud risk in those channels, including the possibility of fraudsters combining altered photos with synthetic ID, Experian warns.

A trick Experian is calling “Frankenstein IDs” could see fraudsters this year using machine learning to invent fake facial images, which combined with fictional identities could add a new and more virulent edge to fast-growing synthetic ID fraud, the global information company said in a new forecast.

Full article: Experian warns of facial recognition, synthetic ID fraud | PaymentsSource

Intel launches RealSense ID camera system for on-device facial recognition

Intel expanded its family of RealSense 3D cameras with an on-device system for facial recognition. Intel said its new RealSense ID camera system combines an active depth sensor with a specialized neural network designed to perform facial authentication on consumer-facing devices such as point-of-sale systems, ATMs and kiosks.

Intel’s RealSense 3D technology uses cameras to measure depth and enable computing systems to read facial expressions and gestures. This latest RealSense ID system takes that core technology and packages it in a way that makes it easier to use in retail and secure access control scenarios.

Source: Intel launches RealSense ID camera system for on-device facial recognition | ZDNet

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