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  • Report: School district scanned children's eyes for bus program without permission

    06/17/2013 9:02:37 AM PDT · by Sopater · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 17, 2013
    A series of behind-the-scenes mistakes by educators in a Florida school district led to children’s biometric information being culled without their parents’ permission, TheLedger.com reported. In May, parents of students in the Polk County School District received a letter stating a pilot program would track bus riders using each child’s iris. Parents could opt out, but by the time they learned about the program, the company charged with gathering the information had already captured images of about 750 children’s eyes.
  • Former DARPA Head Proposes Pills and Tattoos to Replace Passwords

    05/31/2013 1:56:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    ThreatPost ^ | May 31, 2013, 12:09PM | Brian Donohue
    Motorola’s Regina Dugan suggested at the Wall Street Journal’s D11 conference that pills and tattoos could replace passwords as the radical solutions to the perennial authentication problem. … University of Illinois researcher Dr. John Rogers developed an electronic tattoo that was later produced by a company called MC 10. Motorola plans on working with them to advance a tattoo that could be used for authentication. … Dugan described her next method of authentication as “vitamin authentication” before pulling a pill out of her pocket and explaining that the pill had a small chip inside of it. The chip contains a...
  • Is there a scary biometric ‘National ID System’ tucked into the Immigration Bill?

    05/11/2013 10:30:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 05/10/2013 | Liz Klimas
    <p>A more than 800-page bill for immigration reform, which the Senate has begun debating, carries a measure privacy advocates worry could lead to the creation of a biometric database of every adult in the United States.</p>
  • Senators in Immigration Talks Mull Federal IDs for All Workers

    02/22/2013 6:47:59 AM PST · by haffast · 30 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 20, 2013, 7:47 p.m. ET | DANNY YADRON
    Key senators are exploring an immigration bill that would force every U.S. worker—citizen or not—to carry a high-tech identity card that could use fingerprints or other personal markers to prove a person's legal eligibility to work. snip But at least five of the eight senators writing the bill have backed biometric ID cards in the past. At least three of them—Sens. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.)—have said they support requiring the cards under the new law but are open to other options, aides say. snip Mr. Graham, in an interview, said that...
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  • A National ID Card For American Citizens? Get Ready – The Real ID Act Goes Into Effect On May 11

    12/01/2011 10:02:54 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 152 replies · 3+ views
    End of the American Dream ^ | March1, 2011 | Michael
    For a moment, imagine a future where you are not able to drive a car, get on a plane, get on a train, vote, enter a federal building, open a bank account or get a job without a national ID card. You don't think that could ever happen in America? Well, you might want to brush up on the Real ID Act because it is going to go into effect on May 11, 2011 unless something is done to stop it. When I first learned this, I was absolutely stunned. After all, wasn't the Real ID Act supposed to be...
  • To Track Militants, U.S. Has System That Never Forgets a Face

    07/14/2011 5:29:53 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/14/11 | Thom Shanker
    WASHINGTON — When the Taliban dug an elaborate tunnel system beneath the largest prison in southern Afghanistan this spring, they set off a scramble to catch the 475 inmates who escaped. One thing made it easier. Just a month before the April jailbreak, Afghan officials, using technology provided by the United States, recorded eye scans, fingerprints and facial images of each militant and criminal detainee in the giant Sarposa Prison. Within days of the breakout, about 35 escapees were recaptured at internal checkpoints and border crossings; they were returned to prison after their identities were confirmed by biometric files.
  • Gun Rights & Biometric IDs

    05/28/2010 2:03:37 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 4 replies · 494+ views
    National Association for Gun Rights ^ | May 27, 2010 | Dudley Brown
    Terrorism. Illegal immigration. Identity theft. Drugs. Fraud. Call me cynical, but whenever I hear anti-gun politicians talk about these issues nowadays, I've come to expect a new thinly-veiled assault on our Second Amendment freedoms. Either they want to ban our guns, track our guns . . . . . . Or track us. Well, after years of watching our illegal immigration problem grow steadily worse -- and watching our elected officials refuse to lift a finger in response -- the politicians' "fix" is finally in. It's a new Federal Biometric ID card. That's right. Instead of controlling our borders, the...
  • Paper or plastic? After railing against "Nazis" in AZ, Dems propose biometric SS cards for all.

    05/03/2010 11:08:35 PM PDT · by xlib · 37 replies · 967+ views
    congress.org ^ | 5/3/2010 | Ambreen Ali
    Democrats unveiled a 26-page proposal on immigration Thursday evening that closely follows a bipartisan draft hashed out by Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) earlier this year. Here are the main points: * Enforce borders: The lawmakers plan to increase the number of border patrol officers and provide them with better equipment to detect fraud and smuggling. They also want to install ground sensors throughout the southern border to make it easier to detect illegal border crossing. * Free up jails: The proposal calls for the deportation of illegal immigrants currently detained in federal and local prisons. Going...
  • The UIN - Unique Identification Number

    11/14/2009 12:43:46 PM PST · by Sharondownunderinnz · 28 replies · 1,363+ views
    World UIN homepage ^ | Christine Hobson
    The UIN - Unique Identification Number Finally, after a year of headlines we are beginning to see the clear picture at hand when it comes to Nandan Nilekani's vision for issuing every Indian a UIN, Unique Identification Number. At first glance it would have been thought is was nothing much, possibly a variation on the US's Social Security Number. At closer inspection however, you can see many layers that one would not have imagined. Nandan Nilekani co-founded Infosys, one of India's leading information technology companies, back in 1981. After serving as its president and then CEO, he's now joined the...
  • What is Identity? Who am I?

    01/28/2009 4:21:08 PM PST · by APRPEH · 3 replies · 252+ views
    aprpeh ^ | 29 January 2009 | aprpeh
    In honor of Data Privacy Day 2009, APRPEH presents the article from 2006 It’s Me, and Here’s My Proof: Why Identity and Authentication Must Remain Distinct - Technet Microsoft - Steve Riley mentioned last week by Bruce Schneier on Schneier on Security. Schneier's blog is a great place online to go for security information. ---------------------------------------------------------When discussing identity we must first determine the audience to whom we are speaking. To some people identity is who they are. "My name is Ploni". To others identity might be a reflection of some important fact to which they identify answering the questions what they...
  • Biometric database bill passes first vote[Israel]

    10/30/2008 10:01:08 AM PDT · by BGHater · 1 replies · 205+ views
    Y Net News ^ | 29 Oct 2008 | Erez Ronen
    Knesset okays controversial biometrics bill, turns it over to Constitution, Law and Justice Committee for further legislation. If passed, will compel citizens to make fingerprints available to government, or risk jail The biometric database bill passed its first Knesset reading on Wednesday, with 18 Knesset members voting in favor and only MK Dov Khenin (Hadash) voting against it. The bill now stands to undergo further legislative work in the Knesset's Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. The bill, brought before the House by the Ministry of the Interior, proposes Israel make the switch to "smart" identification methods, using fingerprints and digital...
  • Biometric database to be formed in Israel

    08/05/2008 12:58:53 PM PDT · by BGHater · 7 replies · 114+ views
    Y Net News ^ | 03 Aug 2008 | Attila Somfalvi
    Government approves bill calling for creation of database of all Israeli citizens. Data to include fingerprints, computerized facial features embedded on IDs, passports The government approved Sunday a motion calling for the establishment of a biometric database by the Ministry of Interior and the Public Security Ministry. The motion, dubbed the "identification card, travel papers and biometrics database bill," will now be referred back to the various Knesset committees, which would ready it for its Knesset votes. The new bill called for embedding biometric data, such as fingerprints and computerized tags of facial features, in Israeli IDs and passports; as...
  • First Recruits Enlist Using Biometric Technology

    04/18/2008 5:46:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 400+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 18, 2008 – When 20 recruits gathered yesterday at the Baltimore Military Entrance Processing Station to sign their enlistment contracts, none needed a pen. U.S. Army recruit Krista N. Hearne, 19, of Salisbury, Md., poses with the electronic Army enlistment contract she signed with her fingerprint as she became the first person to enlist in the U.S. military using biometric signatures. Photo by Army Lt. Col. Robert S. Larsen   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Instead, they read their contracts on a computer screen, then pressed their index fingers onto an electronic pad next to it,...
  • Lockheed to build FBI's new ID database[$1 Billion Contract]

    02/14/2008 9:55:28 AM PST · by BGHater · 16 replies · 102+ views
    AP ^ | 13 Feb 2008 | AP
    The FBI selected Lockheed Martin Corp. yesterday for a $1 billion contract to build a database for fingerprints and other biometric information. Analysts had expected Lockheed to win the Next Generation Identification system contract because the Bethesda company built and maintains the FBI's current 10-fingerprint database. Lockheed Martin's Transportation and Security Solutions branch won the one-year deal, which includes nine one-year options, according to FBI spokesman Rich Kolko. Lockheed beat out teams led by Northrop Grumman Corp. and International Business Machines Corp. The deal is a major upgrade to the FBI's Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System because it allows the...
  • FBI To Collect Biometric Information On British Visitors

    12/22/2007 3:03:00 PM PST · by blam · 15 replies · 258+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-22-2007 | Tim Shipman
    FBI to collect biometric information on British visitors By Tim Shipman in Washington Last Updated: 3:11pm GMT 22/12/2007 British visitors to the US will have details of their physical characteristics added to a new billion dollar database under plans drawn up by the FBI. Fingerprints, iris scans and even details of the way people walk, their scars and the size and shape of their ear lobes will be collected. British intelligence agencies and police will also be able to access the information – giving them potentially more biometric data on British citizens than the Government collects at home. Under the...
  • Document Rental by Illegals Vexes Authorities Could allow illegals to work indefinitely

    07/09/2007 2:21:39 PM PDT · by westcoastwillieg · 34 replies · 1,550+ views
    woai.com ^ | 7/8/07 | Jim Foryth
    1200 WOAI news has learned that a fast growing racket among illegal immigrants threatens to derail any effort to include a 'tamper proof identification card' into any part of an immigration reform plan. Officials tell 1200 WOAI news that for between $200 and $800, an illegal immigrant can easily rent the legal documents of a legal U.S. resident. The illegal rents the Social Security card, U.S. Work Permit, and occasionally even a birth certificate from a U.S. hospital or state drivers license long enough to present them to an employer. If the employer checks them out, they come up legal...
  • Biometric database helps U.S. track Iraqis, Afghans

    06/16/2007 8:21:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 670+ views
    Stars & Stripes ^ | June 17, 2007 | Seth Robson
    HOHENFELS, Germany — The U.S. military is compiling a biometric database of Iraqis and Afghans that officials say has already borne fruit in the war on terrorism. Many details of the database are classified, but according to Joint Multinational Readiness Center strategic planner Arnie Geisler, who helps train U.S. troops in Germany, it is being compiled by soldiers using equipment that scans an individual’s retina and fingerprints and takes a digital photograph of his or her face. The equipment takes four measurements of each face and converts them into a biometric algorithm, which is stored in the database along with...
  • Brain activity provides novel biometric key

    01/17/2007 9:44:54 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 2 replies · 299+ views
    NewScientist.com news service ^ | 16 Jan 2007 | Will Knight
    An electronic security system that identifies people by monitoring the unique pattern of electrical activity within their brain is being tested by European scientists. This novel biometric system should be difficult to forge, making it suitable for high-security applications, claim the researchers behind it. The system was developed by Dimitrios Tzovaras and colleagues at the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, in Greece. It uses an established method for measuring activity in the brain, called electroencephalography (EEG). EEG measurements identify the location and intensity of millisecond-long fluctuations in electrical activity in the brain via electrodes positioned around a person's scalp....
  • Biometric passport cracked and cloned

    08/14/2006 1:47:58 AM PDT · by Banjoguy · 10 replies · 631+ views
    CNET news.com ^ | August 4, 2006 | Will Sturgeon
    News that attendees at a U.S. hacking conference have seen a demonstration of how to clone a digital passport has raised fresh concerns about the security of proposed new forms of ID and travel documents in the U.K. A security researcher called Lukas Grunwald showed attendees at the Black Hat convention in Las Vegas how to clone passports, using a German passport for his demonstration. However, standardization across ePassports means the exploit would work on any other passport that uses RFID chip technology to store details of the individual--such as those now being issued in the U.K. or U.S. The...
  • First Biometric Reader Installed In Florida Business

    06/21/2006 7:41:04 AM PDT · by ritewingwarrior · 17 replies · 531+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | June 20, 2006 | MARK ALBRIGHT
    TAMPA - Customers can pay with cash, plastic or their index finger at a new Coast to Coast Family Convenience store here. Taking a big step beyond the ease of the Mobil SpeedPass, Coast to Coast has installed what's claimed as Florida's first biometric payment system. There are no cards or PIN numbers to remember. Just stick your finger in the scanner and be on your way. While applications are available to process credit and store loyalty card transactions by fingerprint, this one is limited to processing only debit account transactions. "People either love it or think it's a sign...
  • Biometric Data Keeps Captured Terrorists Behind Bars

    03/13/2006 4:14:23 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 470+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 13, 2006 – A high-tech Defense Department identification system has linked some captured terrorists to previous crimes and prevented their release from overseas detention facilities, senior defense officials said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing here March 10. A sample biometric ID card is checked at a stationary verification station during a DoD biometric identification system demonstration held in the Washington, D.C., area in May 2005. At the right is a fingerprint checker. Photo by Gerry J. Gilmore  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. "I understand that the (defense) department is collecting biometric information from individuals...
  • Help us lobby the Lords to mitigate the national ID card scheme

    02/19/2006 4:15:58 PM PST · by David Hunter · 9 replies · 351+ views
    NO2ID ^ | 18 Feb, 2006 | Andrew Watson
    Andrew Watson is coordinating a letter writing campaign to the House of Lords. Please do what you can to help, as this will probably be the last chance you get to have an effect on this rotten bill. Here are the details of his proposal: The next two weeks in the campaign are crucial. On Monday 6th March the ID cards Bill goes back to the Lords. Last time they looked at the Bill, their Lordships amended it to make ID cards truly voluntary, removing the link to getting a passport. As you know, Labour MPs out-voted the other parties...
  • French now need U.S. visas for travel

    02/01/2006 6:32:25 AM PST · by joan · 23 replies · 993+ views
    UPI ^ | January 31, 2006
    By Elizabeth Bryant Jan 31, 2006, 21:00 GMT PARIS, France (UPI) -- Until recently, Jean Ruffin`s visits to his Miami-based company were a matter of buying a plane ticket, boarding a trans-Atlantic flight and chilling out. But Tuesday afternoon found the middle-aged French businessman waiting in line outside the American Consulate in Paris for another requirement: A visa to travel to the United States. 'It really complicates a lot of things,' an annoyed Ruffin said, stamping his feet to stay warm on a chilly but sunny winter`s day. 'I had to pay just to get an appointment for a visa...
  • Biometric Passports Set to Take Flight

    03/21/2005 8:48:31 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 1,360+ views
    Yahoo Technology ^ | 3/21/05 | Erin Biba - Medill News Service
    It's official. Your passport is going high-tech. Biometric passports have made it out of the discussion and testing phase. The State Department's Office of Passport Policy, Planning, and Advisory Services recently announced that it is ready to begin issuing biometric passports. These passports, which feature an RFID chip, will bring about speedier and more secure entry into and exit from the United States, the government says. However, critics say the technology behind the passports is flawed and puts your personal privacy at stake. The New National ID According to the State Department's proposed implementation rule, the agency plans to issue...
  • Big Brother Alert! WV to Fingerprint All (your papers, please!)

    03/11/2005 3:29:20 PM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 31 replies · 1,092+ views
    Business Wire ^ | 03/01/2005 | Wire
    March 01, 2005 11:00 AM US Eastern Timezone West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Awards Contract to Viisage for A Leading Edge, Multi-Biometric Drivers' License BILLERICA, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 1, 2005--   West Virginia Setting New Standard for Internal Controls and Drivers' License Security Designed to Improve Homeland Security and Protect Citizen's Identity   Viisage (Nasdaq: VISG), a leading provider of advanced technology identity solutions, today announced that after a thorough evaluation of competitive offerings, the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles selected Viisage for the design and implementation of the State's new drivers' license. The new State license will include finger...
  • EU demands that the EP rushes through mandatory finger-printing and biometric passports

    11/26/2004 12:07:57 PM PST · by David Hunter · 12 replies · 703+ views
    Statewatch ^ | 25/11/2004 | Anonymous
    - Is an "urgent" decision justified? - Why does the European Parliament not question the legal basis of the measure? - Why does the Parliament's draft report accept the need for biometric passports? Statewatch has learnt that the European Parliament has been asked by the Council of the European Union (the 25 EU governments) to use its "urgency" procedure to rush through the measure on mandatory fingerprinting and biometric passports for all EU citizens at its plenary session next week (1-2 December). The Council's letter to the parliament (Piris letter, pdf) making the request encloses the latest version of...
  • Passport ID Technology Has High Error Rate (they want your fingerprints, iris scans, et al)

    08/05/2004 11:55:59 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 6 replies · 406+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | August 6, 2004 | Jonathan Krim
    The State Department is moving ahead with a plan to implant electronic identification chips in U.S. passports that will allow computer matching of facial characteristics, despite warnings that the technology is prone to a high rate of error. • Google Offers Post-IPO Scenario • 2004 Interactive Laptop Guide • Personal Tech Special Report • Today in Photos -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Search news on washingtonpost.com Missed Tech Tuesday? Running software updates can help plug gaping security holes. Plus, preview the anticipated Windows Service Pack 2. Federal researchers, academics, industry experts and some privacy advocates say the government should instead use more-reliable fingerprints to...
  • Feds combine smart card buys

    05/16/2004 2:17:43 AM PDT · by endthematrix · 1 replies · 182+ views
    FCW.com ^ | May 12, 2004 | Florance Olson
    Five federal agencies have agreed to pool their smart card needs into a large contract buy of up to 40 million cards during the next three years. The agencies — the Defense Department, Homeland Security Department, Interior Department, NASA, and Department of Veterans Affairs — will initiate the procurement, but other federal agencies could buy cards under the contract, said Bob Donelson, a senior property management specialist in Interior's Bureau of Land Management. He spoke today in Washington, D.C., at a Federal Public Key Infrastructure Deployment Workshop. By combining their requirements, the five agencies will reduce their card costs, which...
  • UK travel to US: Hi-tech visa set to combat terrorism

    03/06/2004 8:37:47 AM PST · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 197+ views
    icNewcastle ^ | March 06 2004
    A hi-tech visa is to be introduced for travel from Britain to the United States to combat terrorism. Tens of thousands of Britons planning to travel to the States from the autumn, for business or holiday, will have to be fingerprinted. An estimated 250,000 will need to apply for the so-called biometric visa. However, there are warnings from the US Embassy that it may not have enough staff to supply them and the tourist industry has warned of cancelled holidays. The biometric visas are being introduced because the US has ruled that anyone entering the country must have electronic ID,...
  • Bill would add fingerprints [bill says "biometric ID"] to driver's licenses [WA]

    03/01/2004 2:27:38 PM PST · by Clint Williams · 2 replies · 143+ views
    The Herald ^ | Sunday, February 22, 2004 | Lauren Graf
    Bill would add fingerprints to driver's licenses Some legislators see fingerprinting as a way to combat identity theft, but others view it as ineffective and an invasion of privacy. In an effort to thwart the state's growing number of identity-theft crimes, state senators passed a bill last week that would allow the Department of Licensing to use fingerprints and high-tech means for identification. The bill, however, will not likely see the House floor because of concerns over civil liberties violations and worries over the technological soundness of currently available biometric measurement tools. Biometric identification technology automatically confirms an individual's characteristics,...
  • Retailers look to finger scans Biometric

    01/26/2004 11:56:44 AM PST · by fatso · 13 replies · 205+ views
    http://www.sacbee.com ^ | Sunday, January 25, 2004 | Alison apRoberts
    <p>Will that be cash, check or finger? Biometric devices -- which confirm identification by measuring biological or behavioral features -- have been a staple of police work and science-fiction movies for decades. Now they're moving into the everyday world of airports, workplaces and corner markets.</p>
  • Biometric borders coming

    10/27/2003 10:16:48 PM PST · by kattracks · 13 replies · 141+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/28/03 | Shaun Waterman
    <p>Officials will roll out ambitious new technology today to track visitors to the United States as they enter and leave the country, and eventually verify their identity with electronic scanners that will check fingerprints and other biometric data.</p> <p>Together with machine-readable, tamper-proof visas and a huge computer database of names, fingerprints and photographs, the Department of Homeland Security hopes to be able to check the identity — and record the arrival and departure — of every one of the more than 440 million annual visitors to the United States.</p>
  • U.S. demands new biometric passports

    08/24/2003 2:04:48 PM PDT · by demlosers · 19 replies · 233+ views
    Norman Transcript ^ | 24 August 2003 | Brian Bergstein AP Technology Writer
    NEW YORK — Biometric technology that scans faces, fingerprints or other physical characteristics to confirm people’s identities is about to get a public test at U.S. border checkpoints. Yet significant questions loom about whether the U.S. and foreign governments can meet an Oct. 26, 2004, deadline set by Congress for upgrading passports and visas to include biometrics. “This is the mother of all projects — there’s no question about it,” said Joseph Atick, chief of Identix Corp., a maker of biometric systems. With fingerprint and face scanners due to be in place at air and sea ports by the end...