Clearview Consent, the latest facial recognition software developed by Clearview AI, has integrated a biometric attack detection feature to optimise its security credentials for enterprises.
The identity verification product brings facial recognition to a new segment of customers, enterprises and end-users, robustly built for a variety of applications. The upgrade will still be targeted to business in helping them to manage consent-based access to systems and verify employees and users seamlessly.
Clearview’s CEO, Hoan Ton-That, said in a statement: “The launch of Clearview Consent is a game-changer for companies and consumers alike who value the integrity and security of their identity and assets. Facial recognition is not the wave of the future; it is our present reality. Today, FRT is used to unlock your phone, verify your identity, board an airplane, access a building, and even for payments. Now, we are offering companies who use facial recognition as part of a consent-based workflow access to Clearview AI’s superior, industry-leading FRT algorithm, bringing an increased level of security and protection to the marketplace”.
Consumer feedback around the product upgrade indicated how businesses and customers plan to deploy the technology and what innovations and security adjustments would be valued, hence Clearview has settled on enhancing extra accurate live facial recognition capabilities to scan users in real-time and mitigate bias.
In recent months, Clearview has also had to contend with sanctions and a loss of credibility for breaching European privacy regulations surrounding its use of consumer data and the European general data agreements. The company stands accused of stripping photographs off user social media profiles to compare live images in facial recognition. Clearview were smacked with a €20 Million sanction by a second data regulator last month, Greece’s Hellenic Data Protection Authority after a compliant was filed by Homo Digitalis.
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) also fined the company over £7.5m for blatant breaches to comply with UK standards of data protection legislation in the way it composed its facial recognition databases.
On Clearview’s website, it states it provides “powerful and reliable photo identification technology to law enforcement agencies across the country”.
“The launch of Clearview Consent helps further our mission to help combat crime and fraud. We are currently helping law enforcement agencies across the country to solve crimes after the fact, which harm many victims. Using facial recognition as a preventative measure means fewer crimes and fewer victims,” Ton-That added. “Ultimately, Clearview Consent is all about making everyday consumers feel more secure in a world that is rife with crime and fraud”.
As Deadline Approaches for EU Digital Identity Wallet Pilot Submissions, iProov’s Biometric Face Verification Independently Certified to Europe’s Level of Assurance High
iProov, the world leader in face biometric authentication technology, announced today that it is certified for biometric face verification of a natural person with its Genuine Presence Assurance technology to Level of Assurance High (LoA High) in accordance with the eIDAS regulation.
The eID Assurance LoA High certification ensures that European Union (EU) governments and organisations using iProov’s Genuine Presence Assurance are capable of electronically verifying users across Europe with the highest level of certainty and security. Member States looking to increase the LoA of existing eID programs to level high and support the future requirements of the EU Digital Identity Wallet can integrate with iProov to achieve this without integration audits.
This comes hot on the heels of iProov’s technology receiving eIDAS module certification to offer trusted services to Trusted Service Providers (TSPs) to Qualified level. This allows organisations to securely bind a user’s identity to a Qualified Electronic Signature (QES) using iProov’s biometric face verification. The QES is validated and recognised as the legal equivalent to a handwritten signature and also provides a secure audit trail, offering immense convenience to the end user.
“The uptake and usage of the EU Digital Identity Wallet depends on citizens being able to enrol and authenticate themselves remotely in an effortless and secure way,” said Andrew Bud, Founder and CEO of iProov. “This is what iProov enables. Our latest eIDAS certification makes it even easier for EU governments and enterprises to use iProov to verify that an online user enrolling for a digital service is the right person, a real person, and that they are verifying right now.”
eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services) is an EU regulation that governs digital identity and trust services for electronic transactions throughout the region. Instead of relying on in-person interactions, or using postal or fax services, eIDAS seeks to enhance trust in electronic transactions by providing a common foundation for secure electronic interaction between citizens, businesses and public authorities.
iProov’s Genuine Presence Assurance is compliant with the relevant requirements for Biometric face verification of a natural person, following the regulation Reg. (EU) No. 910/2014 (eIDAS) Article 8 (2) according to eIDAS eID Level of Assurance high. This level of assurance is comparable to NIST 800-63 IAL2 in the U.S. and TDIF IP3 in Australia.
iProov technology is already being used by itsme, providers of Belgium’s digital identity app, and by SK ID in Estonia’s state-certified digital identity solution, SmartID.
Identity Week Asia 2022 will be the unmissable identity event of the year! Taking place in one of the fastest growing markets, over 2 days discover what the future holds for Identity.
We’re beyond excited to share a first-look at the Conference Agenda incorporating 100 world-renowned industry experts across more than 40 sessions, covering biometrics, mobile ID, verification and authentication, identity access management, document fraud, physical credentials and digital onboarding.
Identity Week Asia 2022 kicks off 6 September 2022 for two ground-breaking days of insights, inspiration and new ideas around identity evolution across the APAC region.
Identity professionals from across finance, government, healthcare, travel, social media and many more sectors will come together to learn, be inspired and generate exciting business opportunities.
As an increasing number of people rely on digital and mobile domains to interact with the world around them, the need for robust online identity systems has never been greater and demand from enterprise, government and consumers just keeps rising!
A U.S. judge has ordered The New York Police Department to release paperwork proving officers used facial recognition technology to surveil and racially target crowds that gathered during the Black Lives Matter protests.
The ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement was sparked following the unjust and horrific murder of George Floyd who was targeted by a white police officer because of his skin colour.
The disgraceful incident reignited a tidal wave of emotion from communities everywhere calling out racism in all its forms in society, and protests broke out across America and throughout the world demonstrating widespread anger over the police’s historic mistreatment of black people, particularly in the U.S.
This appears to have been a shocking trend during the protests to call for change as CCTV and police surveillance was used to intimidate and threaten crowds of people that gathered.
A legal ruling from the New York Supreme Court, issued by Amnesty International and the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, has ordered 30 million documents revealing the extent of the police’s misconduct to be made public.
While the police agency has rejected the request, citing the “unreasonable burden”, it has since come to light since the protests that police leveraged facial biometric technology to make unlawful arrests and ‘control’ the crowds. The police’s misuse of biometrics has not helped to alleviate the controversy surrounding the use of this technology, which is widely considered to be inaccurate and create ‘racial bias’.
Migrants with a criminal record in the UK will soon be subject to constant monitoring using biometric smartwatches to keep tabs on their movements up to 5 times per day.
Face biometric watches will be introduced as part of tougher measures to tackle illegal immigration and higher numbers of people travelling to the UK, however, the Home Office in a statement makes a separation between asylum seekers, who will not be required to monitoring tags, and foreign-national offenders known to authorities.
The requirements imposed by the Home Office will include migrants having to wear an electronic ankle tag or smartwatch at all times which will collect their personal information including name, date of birth, nationality and photograph and compare data to national database systems. The data will be then stored for a period of 6 years by the Home office.
Data collected from these individuals will be shared with relevant authorities and the police to further monitor their activities in the UK.
The Home Office has previously refreshed legal migration and border control policy to increase the requirements of eligible migrants to the UK, implementing a point-based migration system to deter criminals while still encouraging people from overseas to settle and drive the economy in the UK.
In May, British technology provider, Buddi Limited, won a tender to supply “non-fitted devices” as part of the Government’s Satellite Tracking Service.
The scheme was also responsible for the rollout of fitted tracking devices for migrant offenders awaiting deportation at a cost of £70 million.
The surveillance of foreign individuals is known to be a controversial issue which critics argue violates human rights laws and breeds discrimination and demographic bias.
Biometric bias occurs when an algorithm is unable to operate in an accurate manner based on activities it is programmed to conduct such as automating a response based on the the biological and behavioural characteristics of a person matching an assigned profile. Studies have repeatedly found that some demographics can experience poor classification accuracy or matching performance with facial recognition technology.
According to the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, people of African and Asian heritage experience 10-100 times more negative or misleading matching results compared to people of Caucasian origin, complicating procedures to find real perpetrators of fraud and crime.
Lucie Audibert, a lawyer and legal officer at Privacy International, commented: “Facial recognition is known to be an imperfect and dangerous technology that tends to discriminate against people of colour and marginalised communities. These ‘innovations’ in policing and surveillance are often driven by private companies, who profit from governments’ race towards total surveillance and control of populations”.
There are also concerns that the intrusive measures will have a negative impact on mental health and be counterproductive to deterring individuals with a criminal past from settling in the UK or continuing to commit crimes.
2,500 foreign criminals have so far been subject to electronic tagging and 10,000 deported.
Face recognition software is being leveraged by police in Delhi to keep disruptive incidents to a minimum ahead of India’s Independence Day celebrations on August 15.
Despite controversy surrounding police use of biometric screening tactics, these measures are justified by authorities in Delhi to prevent communal riots from breaking out after an incident in the Capital in February 2020.
A serious national incident was declared in Delhi earlier this year after an amateur explosive device was discovered at Ghazipur Flower Market ahead of the Republic Day. It was subsequently diffused but drove police to increase surveillance of the area with over 300 CCTV cameras and facial recognition systems.
The Delhi Police will monitor “vagabonds” and people appearing to act suspiciously in the north police district to monitor criminal activities and update national databases of offending.
Telangana is the youngest state in India to leverage invasive methods of monitoring citizens with facial recognition technology. The Government supported and invested in software development at local IT companies, deciding to buy facial recognition systems they developed to spy on citizens.
The advancements in facial biometrics have been exploited by governments and in policing to normalise ‘surveillance’ techniques on the public. According to a study into the world’s most-surveilled cities, India’s capital New Delhi is reported to have 33 live CCTV cameras for every 1,000 people in the population.
The increased campaign of police surveillance in Delhi was launched around a month ago and is being focused in three regions in Kotwali, Lahori Gate and Kashmere Gate to build profiles of offenders.
One senior police officer, preferring to remain anonymous, said: “Dedicated police teams have been taking pictures and details of ‘vagabonds’ like their names, ages, native places, reason for shifting, and period of stay in the national capital areas.
“So far, police have collected photographs and details of a few hundreds, including over 250 “vagabonds” in the Lahori Gate area”. However many of the police’s common practices of screening a person’s face and collecting fingerprint scans violates Indian law in relation to India’s Identification of Prisoners Act of 1920. It prohibits authorities taking photographs of people without an arrest or conviction.
Identity Week Asia, the leading identity and trust event for the APAC region, will be returning to the Suntec Convention Centre in Singapore to bring together government, enterprise, and partners on 6-7 September.
Launched in 2019, the event is focused around strengthening stakeholder relations within the Asian identity market to spark innovation and faster adoption of technologies in public services, government, travel, healthcare, and banking.
Identity Week Asia also encompasses our Start-Up Village which serves as an important meeting place for identity tech start-ups at an early stage of their funding to meet potential investors and partners.
The event integrates start-ups into the identity ecosystem and therefore is ever changing the structure of main stakeholders in identity.
The forum places the emphasis of the industry coming together on nurturing the next generation of talent to bring digital ID and biometric technologies to the forefront. It also caters for experienced vendors and organisations that are closer to the user interface and understand the emerging trends for enhanced user experiences and self-sovereign identification.
A stage will be set for 20+ promising start-ups engineering the future, connecting them with Asia’s most influential companies, investors, and media.
The fantastic speaker line-up includes, Open Identity Exchange, IATA, Google, Monetary Authority of Singapore, ShuttleOne, Emerging Payments Association Asia, Prudential Corporation Asia, Royal Thai Police, Netbank, Union Bank of Philippines, GovTech Singapore, Vietnam Government.
The packed conference schedule will cover topical discussions around ID for citizens, seamless travel, secure banking, decentralised ID and blockchain, verifiable credentials, biometrics, effortless onboarding, IAM, secure ID documents, interoperability, quality data collection and lots more!
“We look forward to welcoming back our industry colleagues and friends as we look once more to the future and all the promise and excitement that new technologies and solutions will bring” – Janine Bill, Managing Director, Identity Week.
In recent months, a biometric entry-exit program led the Customs and Border Protection has got progressively underway using photo-matching technology to verify travellers across various ports of entry in the U.S.
However, according to reviews by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, more is needed to check and verify the credentials of biometric solution providers that supply to U.S. border protection agencies for streamlined effective border controls.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office commented that partners, contractors and vendors should expect to prove their trust credentials more frequently in the tender process, in exchange for passengers having to comply with the latest airport verification technology and regulations.
During a Homeland Security subcommittee hearing, Rebecca Gambler, Director of GAO’s Homeland Security and Justice Team, revealed the CBP had conducted 5 audit assessments on partners to ensure their technology was in line with security and privacy policies. Three more audits are in process.
Gambler noted that while facial recognition technology is being deployed to at least one gate across 32 common border points in the U.S, a past GAO report from 2020 presents a juxtaposition with measures to audit partners and determine trust. Only 1 out of 27 of its then-partners were audited against the CBP’s privacy and security frameworks despite biometric technology widely coming onto the market in 2017.
In exchange for trust from travellers, audits must be carried out on biometric suppliers to earn public trust.
In 2019, a data breach involving a CBP contractor exposed the data of 184,000 travellers from a pilot biometric entry-exit scheme.
The Secure Identity Alliance has set out its recommendations of good practice amid failures to forecast identity supplies in the supply chain, creating long delays for customers receiving their government ID documents.
The non-profit association, which promotes best standards within the identity industry, has called for better planning in the supply chain to ensure that travel and access to citizen services is not impacted.
A global shortage of identity components (i.e. chips) exacerbated by the pandemic, with a surge of demand following the worst period of the outbreak, has contributed to the severe backlog.
According to the SIA, customers will continue to be the worst impacted by supply issues of electronic documents over 2023, as across the industry physical documents are gradually replaced by digital ID.
Billions of citizens around the world have transitioned to depending on eID cards, e-passports, and other methods of digital identity. Post-pandemic, digital transformation and the heightened demand of technologies has created more business opportunity for suppliers, while impacted their abilities to deliver greater promises.
As travel restrictions have eased, more people have decided to renew their travel documents compared to a 40% decrease in passport demand and use during the worst of the pandemic.
The Secure Identity Alliance is calling all on industry and government stakeholders to foster a collaborative approach to urge suppliers to focus on ensuring smooth delivery of crucial identity supplies. In addition, accurate forecasting is necessary while managing citizen expectations and communicating the reasons behind document delays.
iProov will be making a second appearance after Identity Week Europe in June as Platinum Sponsor at the Asia conference this September, where identity enablers from across the APAC region will gather for an unmissable 2 days of networking and building connections in the quest for seamless security.
Back in June, iProov played a prominent role in setting out future authentication and onboarding technology harnessing biometrics. iProov’s CEO, Andrew Bud gave an energised keynote speech followed by a highly complimentary interview in which he stressed that Identity Week Europe enabled a fruitful forum for networking between industry stakeholders.
Since its inception in 2011, iProov has sought to strengthen awareness and urgency around the opportunities of establishing Genuine Presence Assurance to counter security risks.
Andrew alludes to a “watershed” moment in the deployment of biometrics when everyone from consumers, financial institutions and enterprises became interested in protecting security concerns over identity theft and fraud, supported by the advances in technology.
The conference at the ExCeL, London reflected this shift in industry-wide attitudes towards “authentically verifying” users in “untrusted contexts with untrusted networks and software”.
As a result, hundreds of identity experts turned out for such a unifying event, to showcase their solutions and forge new business deals around digital ID and biometric deployment.
AI and Robotics Ventures has signed an MOU with Krungthai Bank Public Company to trial a National Corporate Identification (NCID) platform being proposed by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The solution will serve to identify and verify corporation accessing any financial service, such as opening a bank account, and streamline the know-your-customer (KYC) process between enterprises and financial institutions.
The NCID platform is the first of its kind in the ASEAN region and once implemented will speed up corporate verification and onboarding, as referred to as the Know Your Customer (KYC) process.
An enhanced system of KYC provides the business opportunity for enterprises to access financial service as well as ensures financial institutions can monitor the secure onboarding of companies.
The Platform deploys Thailand’s Electronic Transaction Development Agency standards of decentralised identity on a public blockchain, leveraging technologies like Web 3, Digital ID, digital document creations and digital signatures while still using secure cryptography encryption.
General Manager at AI and Robotics Ventures, Dr. Thana Slanvetpan said, “Conducting transactions between corporates and commercial banks is still plagued by a number of inefficiencies and limitations, including the reliance on paper-based documents and laborious manual processes. The ability to quickly, transparently, and reliably, verify digital-signatures together with its signing-authority in one single solution has been a limitation for juristic persons, inhibiting more widespread digital transformation.”
Still hesitant to book your ticket for Identity Week Asia?
For new and returning stakeholders, the number and diversity of industry topics circulating social media and company pages can be a minefield. Our sessions, designed for all regional Asia stakeholders, are integrated into one event under the same roof with easy to navigate signage systems for a seamless experience – and that’s before we consider the solutions!
We aim to deliver a variety of specific and whole-industry sessions for relevant stakeholders across the industry.
With just over a month to go until we welcome APAC identity community in Singapore, we want to provide transparency in relation to floor-plan logistics, speakers you are guaranteed to meet and hear onsite and a carefully curated arrangement of exhibitors, all of which make for a superior experience at Identity Week Asia.
From 6 – 7 September at the Suntec Convention Centre in Singapore, discover ground-breaking solutions that you will be open to invest in to harness innovations in identity. Meet with perfect-match partners to work with you on enhancing digital onboarding experiences, seamless and secure verification, optimising the user experience and fighting document fraud.
Join thousands of identity big-thinkers, innovators and disruptors from across the Asia Pacific region this September and find out what the future holds for our incredible fast-paced industry.
Identity Week Asia 2022 has it all – aimed at relevant members of the community while security document credentials continue to co-exist with digital transformation and ID.
1. FAQ: Can you summarise all the topics/sessions on this year’s program which are included in my delegate pass?
National Identity Initiatives | ID in Financial Services | Document Security Innovations | Identity and Access Management | Digital Onboarding | ID in Payments and eCommerce | Digital ID and Biometrics in Travel | Contactless Biometrics | ID for Citizens | Fighting Document Fraud | Decentralised ID and Blockchain | Security Document Manufacture
2. FAQ: When are the keynote presentations on Day 1 and 2?
3. FAQ: Who can I hear talking about physical security documents, as well as digital ID?
Johnson Kengalu Oge, Chief Immigration Officer, Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration
Yimmy Korn-usa, Forensic Scientist and DeputySuperintendent, Royal Thai Police
4. FAQ: Is there fair representation from the public sector and academia?
Ott Sarv, Principal Advisor, Digital ID, Independant
Adam Chee, National University of Singapore, Chief, Smart Health Leadership Centre
Hannah Lim Yee Fen, Professor, Nanyang Technological University
Dilnesaw Israel, Senior Legal and Policy Advisor ,Prime Ministers Office, National ID Program – Ethiopia
5. FAQ: Digital Identity is the future!
Of course. An unforgettable aspect of the conference.
We have sessions spanning roundtables, panel sessions, keynote addresses and presentations that cater for Identity and Access Management (IAM), Digital Onboarding, Decentralised ID and Blockchain, Digital Verification and Authentication, Digital ID and Biometrics in Travel, ID in Payments and E-Commerce, ID for Citizens, Contactless Biometrics.
6. FAQ: I work in Finance and Banking..
Here’s a snapshot of Banking industry experts who will be involved in panel sessions:
Nat Sakimura, Chairman, OpenID Foundation
Sugandhi Govil, VP, AML Compliance, Genesis
Gus Poston, CEO, Netbank
Jaebeom Kim, Digital ID, Telecommunications andTechnology Association (TTA)
Identity trust and biometrics provider, IDEMIA, stands accused of substantial failings in connection to its technology being used as part of Kenya’s national digital ID programme. Data Rights and members of non-governmental organisations have brought a legal case against the company after a series of legal action taken against Kenya’s National Integrated Identity Management System which is supposed to collect citizens’ data to protect Government security.
Despite some success, recently integrating Morocco’s eID card with the latest security features, controversy has emerged surrounding biometric data kits that IDEMIA supplied to the Kenyan Government in 2018/19 for its national digital ID programme.
Kenya’s National Integrated Identity Management System, or NIIMS, has come under fire being accused of excluding minorities from being enrolled onto the national identity database and having their data stored. Several organisations including Data Right, The Nubian Rights Forum and Kenya Human Rights Commission are seeking to hold NIIMS accountable for the unacceptable breach of citizens’ human rights, meaning that due to a lack of identity records, some people cannot access public services.
In 2019, the National Assembly of Kenya voted in favour of suspending IDEMIA’s operation for 10 years due to not having the sufficient registration. The ban was overturned in 2020 however IDEMIA now seems to have become entangled in the Government’s controversial and controlled Identity Management System. The database is also considered to be used other ulterior purposes such as surveillance.
Lori Roussey at Data Rights commented: “Any new bio-metric technology and personal data processing solution can be misused. Companies must pay particular attention to whom they sell their services to”.
IDEMIA failed to carry out proper due diligence checks to mitigate any risks of being tied to another company that had broken human rights laws, as required under the French Due Vigilance Law.
The Government Digital Service, which builds digital platforms and products for government services while guiding private sector policy, has enrolled two identity enterprises to support the development of a mobile verification app to authorise access to Government services.
As well as governing the private sector on digital security policies such as Right to Rent and Right to Work, the Government protects a number of its own public services concerning access to the benefits system and tax payments, with robust identity applications. Holding large databases of citizen data also requires secure data protection and the most intelligent identity-verifying technology on the market.
One technology provider that has signed the contract as part of the Digital Identities Programme is iProov, who will have a stand as a Platinum Sponsor at Identity Week Asia and Identity Week America, in September and October, respectively. iProov creates digital trust by securely authenticating remote users with face biometric verification.
iProov is a world leader specialising in anti-spoofing technology, which is supported by 21 granted patents. Their consumers include big identity players, such as The US Department of Homeland Security, the UK Home Office, GovTech Singapore, ING and Rabobank who will also be contributing to a jam-packed agenda in Washington D.C.
Together, iProov is helping to develop a mobile app with capabilities to verify identities for access to Government services.
iProov’s contract is to deliver a biometrics serviceworth up to £5.9 million.
In February, Deloitte, Identity Week Asia Diamond Sponsor, Deloitte signed a £4.8 million contract to provide professional consulting services in development of the new app.
In 2021, Autumn budget documents revealed the GDS had secured up to £400 million in a funding round to develop a new digital identity ecosystem with one secure login feature over the next three years.
The GDA Advisory Board also contributes to broader public sector digital transformation, offering enterprises support and funding to deliver digital services, launching a technology platform or transformation project.
The Government sub-body is responsible for creating the Government Design Principles, Service Standard and Technology Code of Practice.
A leading provider of single platform digital onboarding and cross-channel authentication, Daon has announced it has joined forces with Ping Identity, integrating with PingOne DaVinci. Both solutions providers will be exhibiting as Gold Sponsors at the upcoming Identity Week Asia conference on 6-7 September in Singapore.
The PingOne DaVinci no-code identity orchestration service is differentiated from other solutions by delivering an open approach, meaning regardless of how many vendors are used, DaVinci is capable of supporting a company’s entire tech stack. It is interoperable with popular enterprise applications harnessing hundreds of advanced integrations. Ping Identity states the technology wastes minimal time while delivering maximum user value with an easy to deploy cloud solution that only requires one API response.
With DaVinci’s simple drag-and-drop interface, any company can craft optimised user digital journeys across applications and ecosystems. It meets business logic without the help of developers. Dion have now become the newest technology provider to develop integrations with PingOne DaVinci for no-code user journeys, enabling enterprises to focus on other areas of build, such as security, personalisation and enhancing seamlessness. The partnership was forged through the Ping Identity Global Technology Partner Program.
Daon specialises in developing high-grade future mobile biometric authentication technology across fingerprint, voice and facial domains.
“Our goal at Daon is to provide the best and most secure authentication technology and services to global customers, either directly or through a trusted partner like Ping Identity,” says Ralph Rodriguez, President and Chief Product Officer at Daon.
“PingOne DaVinci customers will benefit from using Daon’s technology for secure and reliable biometric-based multi-factor authentication.”
Loren Russon, SVP of Product Management at Ping Identity commented: “Ping Identity is committed to expanding our technology partner ecosystem to deliver better, more frictionless customer experiences”.
“Our partnership with Daon leverages PingOne DaVinci’s seamless orchestration to ensure dynamic user journeys are delivered quickly and efficiently at every stage of the user journey”.
Daon’s connector for PingOne DaVinci allows customers access to Daon IdentityX for multi-factor authentication. Users opt to authenticate via a mobile device using facial or voice biometrics to provide secure access.
The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) is launching a survey to map biometric comparison tools on the market, used in manual processes to compare fingerprints and facial data resulting from biometric searches.
The survey questions relate to the functionality of tools, data protection and privacy capabilities and integration with existing technology.
In the future, Frontex plans to implement effective biometric comparison technologies through a tendering process to assist the European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) community, in accordance with procurement regulation.
Frontex will monitor the developments in biometrics across automated and manual systems. European security and migration databases currently operate individually, however systems will become integrated to share data information that can strengthen the EU’s security.
The deadline for completing the survey is 31 August 2022 at 23:59 CET.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is completing its digital transformation to upgrade traveller experiences and step away from using physical security credentials to fully digital systems.
The CBI has already implemented Global Entry (GE) kiosks across ports of entry in two Texas regions, but it was announced yesterday that passengers traveling through Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport or Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston will receive “secure and expedited processing using CBP’s new facial biometric paperless kiosks”. The updated regulations will come into force from 26 July.
Across the aviation sector, airlines and airports are making the commitment to streamline existing digital security procedures and upgrade integrating technologies. In June, the CBP, represented by Diane Sabatino, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, attended Identity Week Europe in London to give an inspiring keynote address on the implementation of closely-matching facial biometric systems across ports of entry in the U.S, which compare a live facial image to photographs.
While the sector also manages tensions from cancellations of thousands of UK summer flights, it was reported by IdentityWeek.net earlier this month that three British air travel bosses are plotting to lead a “golden age of air travel” in three directions – boosting revenue, sustainability and digitalisation.
The proposed system will eliminate paper receipts and documents for travel at these airports, while the UK’s Home Office has also announced kiosks will be introduced.
The technology enhances CBP’s Global Entry program for both travellers and officers, upgrading the consumer experience, reducing physical touchpoints and expediting member processing while protecting global security concerns.
“We’re very pleased to have both DFW and IAH Airports come on board to enhance our Global Entry Arrival process,” said Judson W. Murdock II, CBP Director of Field Operations, Houston. “This enhancement will allow us to streamline the arrival process for Global Entry members by continuing to reduce the time in the arrivals line for thousands of eligible travellers entering the United States.”
Global Entry is a CBP program that allows efficient processing for advance on-boarded, low-risk passengers upon arrival at selected airports in the United States.
Several proposals for better regulation of migrants entering the UK have been released into the public domain by the Home office lately, to manage movements from travellers overseas.
Although more efficient than paper credentials by a large margin, biometric technologies are continuously being enhanced to streamline flows of eligible travellers through Britain’s busiest airports and refuse those who don’t meet entry requirements.
One of the plans by the Home Office is to end cumbersome biometric screening introducing secure “contactless corridors” which screen travellers accurately using hidden cameras across airport walkways.
Now, the Home Office is planning to trial self-service biometric kiosks to track eligible travellers in advance to the airport, after seeking input from UK biometric providers. Providers were approached to provide biometrics sensors, optical-character-recognition systems and print readers for Biometric Self-Enrolment Feasibility Trials that took place during November and December 2021.
Volunteers across different demographics were recruited to test the accuracy of the facial and fingerprint technology. While there were improvements to be made to both technologies, testing showed that the kiosks outperformed mobile solutions.
Predating kiosks, the Home Office’s verification app was launched as part of the EU Settlement Scheme. Kiosks under a new global immigration system will be made available for travellers to enrol if they are not permitted to apply for a visa.
Companies involved in the trials included VFS Global, Blue Biometrics, Idemia, iProov, Unisys, FaceTec, Gambit, Regula Forensics, GBG, NEC subsidiary Northgate Public Services, Spidx, Teleperformance Contact, Trust Stamp and Thales.
The document says, “The success of these trials and the insights provided have brought the Home Office closer to achieving its ambition of remote self-enrolment. Considering these results, it is hoped that by continuing to work with industry and by piloting new solutions, current self-enrolment technology will improve to be in a production-ready state within the next one to three years”.
The kiosks will enter a full three-month pilot phase.
Facial recognition technology is rife in India’s state of Telangana, where the Government’s investment in technologies means the private sector and law enforcement monitor society to a worrying degree.
Not only does Telangana deploy an extensive CCTV network across the country, but the advancements of biometric systems and data are contributing to a hardline approach to policing or “spying” on normal citizens. The objectives of the police can be varied from cordon and search warrants, to biometrics profiling, and phone hacking.
Numerous facial biometric datasets have been compiled into a “smart governance program” called Samagram, which records detailed information profiling an individual’s employment status, residency, heritage. The goal is to catch criminals with the most streamlined approaching to policing however this seems to have been overstepped by some extreme measures, including to stop and search mask-wearers.
IT Secretary in Telangana said in 2019: “We have created a best algorithm through which this machine learning capabilities has become so robust that today we have reached a level of almost 96-97 percent accuracy. So if you tell me one person’s name I can give his entire digital footprint at about 96 percent accuracy to them… this tool throws up the results in a matter of seconds and the tool also is very useful in doing what is called family tree analysis or relationship analysis.”
Shashank Dhariwal, Technical Architect at Continental AG explained the use case for identity transformation to advance digitalisation within the automotive industry at Identity Week Europe, back in June.
Continental technologies are transforming the digital customer experience for leisure, providing users with self-sovereign identification, while maintaining secure platforms as technology transformation accelerates.