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Hospitals turn to biometrics to identify patients

The Weekly Cypher is curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in biometric and cybersecurity news. Here are a few headlines you may have missed this week.

Hospitals turn to biometrics to identify patients | The Wall Street Journal

Biometric technology is coming to the hospital. Biometric systems, which identify people through fingerprints or other physical characteristics, have long been in use in sectors like law enforcement and consumer electronics. Now hospitals are using iris and palm-vein scanning to overcome a growing patient-identification problem.

Gartner Predicts Increase in Biometric Authentication and SaaS-Delivered IAM | Information Age

By 2022, Gartner, Inc. predicts that 70% of organizations using biometric authentication for workforce access will implement it via smartphone apps, regardless of the endpoint device being used. In 2018, the figure was fewer than 5%.

Biometric opens doors: Salon Q&A with Veridium CEO James Stickland | Global Finance Magazine

James Stickland is CEO of Veridium, a company focused on an authentication platform that uses biometrics. He speaks with Global Finance about fintech, cybersecurity and the wisdom of border walls.

Want to compete with the big banks? It’s biometrics or bust |Credit Union Journal

While most credit unions aren’t utilizing biometric technology right now, that should change as it becomes more prominent. Biometric technology measures a person’s individual physical and behavioral characteristics and uses those measurements as a form of security identification. It’s often seen in mobile devices to unlock an app or the phone itself.

Could Apple ban unethical facial recognition and become the patron saint of privacy? | Forbes

Apple stepped forward this week into the unexpected role of privacy regulator, banishing Facebook’s ethically fraught data harvesting application from its devices. Apple’s willingness to stand up to Facebook’s data practices raises the tantalizing question of how device manufacturers like itself could potentially help rid our devices of unethical applications as governments refuse to penalize the highly profitable world of the surveillance economy. In particular, what if Apple simply banned all use of facial recognition for anything other than authentication?

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