Web3 excitation features among trends reflected in biometric activity

A slew of new biometric products, certifications, brands and contracts grabbed the headlines this week, with decentralized identity and Web3 represented by Reltime’s biometric payment card and new partnership from IriTech. The new UK certification of Xydus, the introduction of ZeroBiometrics and the winning of a contract for Pangea also demonstrate the growth of digital identity in different areas.

Top biometric news of the week

A hacker stole internal files from Entrust in a recent cyberattack, the company has confirmed. The company says its investigation is ongoing, but the public does not know what type of data was stolen and whether it contains sensitive personal information used in Entrust’s digital identity services.

A Web3 biometric payment card comes from Reltime, with built-in cold storage and digital ID features. The company has raised $50 million to bring this product along with the rest of its suite of financial services tools, which includes a decentralized exchange, NFT Marketplace, and Metaverse SDK.

IriTech’s Iris biometrics has been integrated with IBCT’s decentralized identity data hub to secure access to its hardware wallet. The wallet is part of an SSI ecosystem that the partners say is unprecedented for security among blockchain and metaverse applications.

Amazon’s second attempt to file a civil suit against it for alleged biometric privacy breaches dismissed with the same argument was not appreciated by the federal court judge hearing the case. Clearview argued that multidistrict litigation against her lacked personal jurisdiction, but also failed to have the case dismissed.

Former FTC Acting Director Daniel Kaufman Recounts Biometric update in an interview that the US federal government is likely to take action on data privacy soon, but that its former agency is unlikely to take a leading role. Partisanship hangs over the commission, but there is a mechanism for it to make rules if Congress fails to do so.

A team of IEEE researchers has published an article warning of the potential danger of master face attacks against facial recognition algorithms. Presentation attacks based on latent variable evolution algorithms could return matches to multiple enrolled biometric templates, posing “a serious security threat”.

What is the best way to measure bias in biometric systems? NIST would like to hear from experts, the institute says in its second report on biases in facial recognition. Five measures are considered in Part 8 of the FRVT, but none have yet been refined. Test results show improved algorithms, with Corsight claiming to have achieved equal match rates between males and females, and whites and blacks.

Xydus is one of the first companies certified by the UK Trust Framework to provide DBS Right to Work checks, having been approved with partner Vialto. Mastercard has been accredited under Australia’s Trusted Digital Identity Framework, joining a small list of identity issuance and management providers.

The delay in passing the UK’s online safety bill should not stop companies from improving their efforts to protect children, writes Philipp Pointner, Jumio’s head of digital identity for Open Access Government. There is strong public support for increased measures to keep children away from inappropriate platforms, Pointner argues, and digital identity is making that possible now.

An assessment of SenseTime’s outlook indicates that facial recognition and AI in electric vehicles will generate significant revenue, and until then the company has plenty of cash in hand from its recent IPO. The company is currently relying mostly on the same kind of national government smart city contracts that another publication sees as a worrying sign for Megvii, however.

Infinity rebranded its QuantumCrypt biometric hashing platform to ZeroBiometrics and launched an enhanced version of its technology to provide high-security authentication and privacy protection. The platform’s flagship product is ZeroFace, and it’s now available for integration with Android and iOS apps.

The UK Home Office has launched a tender opportunity for biometrics providers to be one of three to provide self-service kiosks for immigration applications. The contracts will award up to £500,000 to each successful supplier for the full supply of at least four kiosks.

Pangea and its partner OSD have been awarded a contract to design and issue Andorra’s biometric passports, with full deployment expected by the end of the year. The partners will provide registration, data encryption and printing systems for the small European country.

Pindrop’s Director of Research explains to Biometric update how the company got to its current position in the voice biometrics market and what it is doing to correct people’s voice alterations over time. He also discusses the potential of age estimation with voice technology and the future of voice interaction.

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