2022 is launched: this week’s best biometrics stories


It’s a new year, and 2022 is off to a good start, according to Week 1’s recap of FindBiometrics’ best stories. This week’s bundle includes news on biometric payment cards, a biometric product launch at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, and high-profile controversy.

For the biometrics industry, the biggest story of the year to date is FaceTec’s lawsuit against iProov, which revolves around allegations of how the latter abused his access to the former’s Spoof Bounty program. FaceTec says iProov is breaking the terms and conditions of the program, using it to reverse engineer proprietary technology. These are two of the biggest names in the burgeoning selfie integration space, so the lawsuit will be one to watch:

FaceTec sues iProov for alleged infringement of biometric technology patent

The week also delivered the last data point in The current Clearview AI controversy. The company is at this point known for its web-based trawl facial recognition platform, which has aroused the wrath of privacy and civil rights advocates, politicians and most of the mainstream media, not to mention government regulatory bodies. The National Commission for Informatics and Freedoms has become the last of this last group of actors to officially speak out against the biometric company:

France becomes latest country to censor Clearview AI for privacy breaches

Thales, meanwhile, grabbed the attention of readers this week with news that is not controversial at all. Of the society biometric payment cards made their debut in Poland, thanks to a collaboration with Mastercard and Bank Pocztowy. This is the latest development pointing towards the global commercialization of biometric payment cards in general:

Thales introduces biometric payment cards in Poland

And at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Targus was in the spotlight with the launch of two new universal docking stations, one of which includes an integrated fingerprint sensor for enhanced security. This is the latest sign of the widespread integration of biometric technology into consumer products, many examples of which have debuted at CES over the years:

Targus brings biometric docking station with Synaptics fingerprint technology to CES 2022

Finally, the week was marked by strong interest in an updated webinar announcement. Scheduled for the morning of January 13, “10 reasons to switch to frictionless access control” will explore the benefits of biometric access control, particularly with regard to facial recognition. The webinar is sponsored by Oosto, one of the leaders in the field:

[UPDATED] Register for the Live Webinar: “10 Reasons to Switch to Frictionless Access Control”

January 8, 2022 – by Alex Perala

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