Welcome to FindBiometrics’ roundup of identity industry news. Here’s what you need to know about the world of digital identity and biometrics today:
The third-party supplier escapes the responsibility of BIPA
In a potentially significant decision, an Illinois circuit court judge dismissed a class action lawsuit against a third-party vendor under Illinois’ biometric information privacy law. The lawsuit involved a trucking company’s use of a driver monitoring system with facial recognition, naming both Beelman Truck Co. and dash cam developer Samsara as defendants. But the latter successfully argued that holding third-party vendors accountable for the actions of their customers would lead to absurd results. Samsara also noted that it provided customers with a sample BIPA policy and consent form, and asked them to confirm that they had obtained consent from their drivers.
French law rules out facial recognition for Olympics security
Upcoming legislation is set to rule out the potential use of facial recognition at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. quoted in The Parisian, Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra said the bill regarding the organization of the games includes language that “totally and explicitly excludes the use of facial recognition”. The bill is expected to be submitted to Parliament in the coming weeks.
UIDAI sets Aadhaar registration deadlines
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which oversees the country’s national Aadhaar biometric identification scheme, has made biometrics registration compulsory for children at the age of five and re-registration of their biometrics at the age of 15. after reports that Indian authorities were planning to make Aadhaar registration at birth compulsory across the country; the practice is already in place in 16 states across the country.
Amid market turmoil, AI cybersecurity startups are raising cash
AI-focused cybersecurity startups have raised about $1.2 billion in investment funding this year, according to new analysis from Crunchbase. Given market conditions and the ongoing macroeconomic turmoil, it’s set to be a year down from the record investment of $2.1 billion in 2021. But this year’s funding is still coming. at an impressive level, with 2022 already confirmed as the third consecutive year in which more than $1 billion has been poured into space.
Ghanaian Authorities Combat National Service Fraud with Biometrics
Officials in the Volta region of Ghana have now implemented a facial recognition system for the National Service Scheme and are celebrating its success in combating identity fraud. The National Service Program is a mandatory national service program for graduates of institutions of higher learning. Its new biometric system uses facial recognition to match attendees’ national ID cards to images they upload during registration and photos taken in person during the registration process.
Startup pays mobile users to become AI training subjects
California-based Bobidi is looking to outsource AI model testing by offering cash rewards to end users. Currently, the AI models tested on the Bobidi app are largely concerned with voice recognition, prompting users to record Q&A sessions with friends and family using their phones. But there’s also a “computer vision model” that prompts users to “create various facial expressions and get rewards.”
Digital ID Factors in the Korea-Singapore Digital Partnership
The digital ID is one of 11 key elements of a new cooperation agreement established between South Korea and Singapore. As the Korea-Singapore Digital Partnership Agreement (KSDPA) explains, “Secure and trusted digital identities enable broader and easier access to services for individuals and businesses,” so countries’ efforts to promoting interoperability should “reduce barriers to cross-border trade and enable businesses and individuals to navigate the international digital economy with greater ease, confidence and security. The agreement comes shortly after that a trio of Korean mobile operators allowed Pass mobile app users to create virtual versions of their resident registration credentials.
Mobile ID comes to Penn State
Penn State University has become the latest post-secondary school to adopt mobile student ID cards. Beginning in January, school administrators will begin rolling out the new “Penn State ID+” card through Transact’s eAccounts app, allowing students to access residence halls and other campus facilities with the tap of their smartphone. They will also be able to use the mobile ID app to pay for meals and use laundry services on campus.
November 23, 2022 – by Alex Perala