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Your Face is Your Fortune

Veridium Author | May 27, 2016

The Weekly Cypher is specially curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in cybersecurity, biometrics, and related news and innovations. This week’s topics are:

Fears that Facial Recognition will Drive “Perfect Surveillance Society’ Rise | Fortune

With new, powerful facial recognition apps hitting the market for consumers, some fear that a “perfect surveillance society” is on the horizon. Apps like FindFace and Faception raise fears of personal privacy, but the larger concern is that the “technology is escaping the control of any gate-keepers,” Fortune contributor Jeff John Roberts notes. Combined with the massive face-tagged photo databases companies like Google and Facebook are collecting, this trend has security experts worried that the illicit uses of these apps will outpace laws designed to protect us from them. [Read More]

Sacramento Police Expands Facial Recognition Tools | FindBiometrics

The Sacramento, California, sheriff’s department is expanding its use of mobile biometric identification technology. The department plans to equip 500 personnel with mobile facial recognition solutions, which will help identify suspects faster and more effectively. The department says it uses an internal database, so images captured in the field aren’t compared to non-criminal databases, nor can officers search for specific images. [Read More]

Facial Recognition Algorithm Identifies Doctored Photos | Planet Biometrics

IEEE researchers recently proposed an algorithm that can analyze photos and reveal if they have been digitally touched up or doctored. The team said this tool would help improve the accuracy of facial recognition systems and help improve false rejection/acceptance rates for systems that use public image datasets. Furthermore, the algorithm could help identify users who use retouched photos for identification documents, either unintentionally or maliciously. [Read More]

Google Announces Biometrics Platform | Softpedia

Google announced it will be entering the biometric authentication space last week, revealing the status of Project Abacus. Project Abacus is the culmination of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) research unit’s efforts to eliminate passwords and PINs from user devices. The first step in this project is the launch of Trust API, a behavioral biometric solution that will help authenticate users by a Trust Score – a measure of behavior data, such as how the user types, walks, where they are located, and facial recognition. [Read More]

Majority of Consumers in Favor of Biometrics | Infosecurity Magazine

A recent study found that 52 percent of consumers want new authentication methods to replace usernames  and passwords. Furthermore, 80 percent said they believe biometric authentication is more secure. A mere 16 percent said they follow password best practices, and 68 percent said they will abandon creating an account if it demands a too complicated password. Many said this is, in part, why they adopt single sign on solutions, like “log in with Facebook,” or favor two-factor authentication, but said they would prefer biometric solutions overall. [Read More]

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