Court: Illinois mom can sue Six Flags for fingerprinting son
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Friday that a woman can sue Six Flags Great America for fingerprinting her child without telling her how the data would be used in violation of the state's biometric law, which privacy advocates consider to be the nation's strongest biometric data safeguards.
Stacy Rosenbach sued the amusement park north of Chicago in 2016, about two years after her son was electronically fingerprinted while buying a season pass. He was 14 at the time.
Hertz, Clear partner to speed rentals with biometric scans
Biometric screening is expanding to the rental car industry.
Hertz said Tuesday it is teaming up with Clear, the maker of biometric screening kiosks found at many airports, in an effort to slash the time it takes to pick up a rental car. Clear hopes it will lead more travelers to its platform, which has 3 million members in the U.S.
Dubai airport begins using biometric tech at security
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Passport control looks a little different in Dubai International Airport — the world's busiest for international travel.
That's because the airport debuted a new "smart tunnel" that uses biometric technology, instead of human checks, to allow some air travelers to complete passport control in just 15 seconds.
Passengers register at a kiosk before going through smart gates which use iris recognition to let them through.
Jail is first in Idaho to have iris recognition system
CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — The Canyon County jail is the first in Idaho to implement an iris biometric identification recognition system when booking inmates into custody, a process that is more accurate and faster than fingerprinting, according to authorities.
Dulles facial recognition tech nabs 3 impostors in 40 days
STERLING, Va. (AP) — New facial recognition technology has identified three impostors at Washington Dulles International Airport.
Brazil court bars voters who didn’t register fingerprints
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's highest court ruled Wednesday that 3.4 million people cannot vote in next month's national elections because they failed to register their fingerprints with authorities, a move that could affect the crowded presidential race.
All voting is electronic in Brazil, and since 2016 voters have had to register their fingerprints to cast ballots under a biometric voting system.
UN rushes aid to hunger-stricken Yemeni district
CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations and individual donors are rushing food to a desperate corner of northern Yemen where starving villagers were found to be living off leaves. Aid officials are searching for ways to ensure aid reaches those in need amid alarm that the country's hunger crisis is worsening beyond the relief effort's already strained capabilities.
Judge tosses suit against Southwest Airlines on fingerprints
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago federal judge has tossed a proposed class-action lawsuit alleging Southwest Airlines violated the law by requiring that certain employees use fingerprints to sign into and out of work.
PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is integrating biometric technology that will ease the wait time for travelers willing to pay a fee.
Biometric screening company Clear unveiled kiosks with fingerprint and iris scanners Wednesday inside Terminal 4.
The privately-run scanners will be made available at some point at the other terminals.
The Latest: White House launches new AI effort
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on White House tech summit (all times local):
The Trump administration is forming a new committee that it hopes will help foster more research and development in artificial intelligence to maintain U.S. leadership in the field.
President Donald Trump's technology adviser, Michael Kratsios, is announcing the initiative Thursday at a White House summit with tech executives and AI researchers.
NEW YORK (AP) — Roughly seven out of every 10 adults worldwide now have some form of bank account, the World Bank said Thursday, largely due to the proliferation of cell phone-based bank accounts and other simple bank account programs in places like India and Sub-Saharan Africa.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minneapolis freedom-of-information activist has claimed victory in his long-running legal battle to see emails from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office pertaining to biometric technologies.
Police routinely using dead people’s fingerprints to access iPhones: Report
Law enforcement agencies in the U.S. routinely use the fingerprints of dead people to bypass biometric safeguards meant to protect Apple iPhones from being unlocked, according to a new report.
Biometric screenings have increasingly become the go-to tool of employee wellness programs. The screenings are a series of tests designed to offer a snapshot of an individual’s overall health.
Can’t match your mug to a work of art while firing up Google’s Arts & Culture app in San Antonio? Blame it on a Lone Star law that looks to have taken all the fun out of matching your selfie to what’s hanging in a museum.
DeKALB – Due to limited staffing and high demand for the service, the DeKalb Police Department said in a news release it will no longer offer inked fingerprint services to the public.
Applying for a credit card? Please take a selfie
NEW YORK (AP) — The selfie is everywhere — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter — and soon your bank could be asking for one in order to approve your purchase or credit card application.
Payment processing giant Visa Inc. is launching a platform to allow banks to integrate various types of biometrics — your fingerprint, face, voice, etc. — into approving credit card applications and payments.
India’s Supreme Court rules privacy is a fundamental right
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court ruled Thursday that privacy is a fundamental right of every citizen, in a landmark judgment that could affect the country's mammoth identity card system.
DETROIT (AP) — A new program will allow baseball fans at Tigers games in Detroit to get into the ballpark by using fingerprints to verify their identity.
The biometrics scanning system from CLEAR is making its debut this week at Comerica Park. Visitors may enroll using a state-issued driver's license.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Attorney General T.J. Donovan said Tuesday that an investigation by his department has determined that the state Department of Motor Vehicle's use of facial recognition technology is illegal and should continue to be suspended.
The technology can only be used if the Legislature gives the DMV authority to use biometric technology, Donovan said. DMV Commissioner Rob Ide said he'd abide by that decision.
Want to skip airport lines? New biometric service promises to cut Salt Lake airport wait times
HOUSTON (AP) — If the Trump administration gets its way, U.S. citizens boarding international flights will have to submit to a face scan, a plan privacy advocates call a step toward a surveillance state.
The Department of Homeland Security says it's the only way to successfully expand a program that tracks nonimmigrant foreigners. They have been required by law since 2004 to submit to biometric identity scans — but to date have only had their fingerprints and photos collected prior to entry.
Customs and Border Protection is analyzing the distance between travelers' eyes and the width of their foreheads to better track international travelers.
This week the agency began using facial recognition technology at Bush Intercontinental Airport on one daily flight departing Houston for Tokyo.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A new Washington state law that was supposed to limit the collection of biometric data including retinal scans also accidentally banned state prisons from collecting inmates' fingerprints.
The News Tribune reports (https://goo.gl/SkWYUc ) Gov. Jay Inslee signed a new bill into law Tuesday to fix the error.
Boarding passes could someday become quaint relics for air travelers.
JetBlue Airways plans to test facial-recognition check-in for a few flights beginning later this month, and Delta Air Lines plans to let some passengers board with their fingerprints instead of a boarding pass.
BROWNSVILLE — The border sheriff’s departments of Cameron and El Paso counties will be the first to get their hands on “biometric” identification technology.
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Sheriff’s iris-scanning system should be operational by April 24
The border sheriff’s departments of Cameron and El Paso counties will be the first to get their hands on “biometric” identification technology, in a partnership approved by the Southwestern Border Sheriff’s Coalition at an April 3 meeting in Austin.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — U.S. security officers have begun fingerprinting refugees held on Pacific islands in the final stage of assessing who will find new lives in the United States, asylum seekers said Monday.
UN defends refugee vetting as Trump mulls revised entry ban
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — In an office cubicle at the U.N. refugee agency, a Syrian woman and her three daughters took turns staring into a camera for iris scans. Their biometric registration, a first step toward possible resettlement in the West, is to be followed by interviews and background checks that can take months or even years.
EU member states back visa liberalization for Georgia
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union member states have backed a proposal to allow Georgian citizens into Europe's passport-free area without visas for short stays.
The 28 member states on Monday endorsed the visa waiver which will allow Georgians with a biometric passport to enter the 26-nation Schengen area for 90 days for business, tourist or family reasons but not to work.
Biometric screening speeds check-in at Twin Cities airport
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Travelers who are willing to pay the price will be able to skip the long security checkpoints at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and go directly to the metal detector line.
A service that uses biometrics to verify identity will be offered beginning Wednesday at both the north and south checkpoints in Terminal 1. For $179 a year, travelers can check in with the swipe of a finger or retinal scan.
Player safety a focus of start-up competition at Texas Medical Center
Mike Shogren picked up a mallet and hit the dummy's head. A red light lit up in the dummy's mouth guard, indicating the hit could have caused a concussion and the "player" needs further evaluation.
EU lawmakers clinch deal on visa-free travel for Georgians
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers have sealed an agreement to allow Georgian citizens into Europe's passport-free area without visas for short stays.
Lawmakers endorsed the visa waiver Thursday by 553 votes to 66, with 28 abstentions.
Los Angeles airport to get scanners to speed up security
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles International Airport will be getting new fingerprint and iris scanners for passengers who want to speed through security lines.
The Los Angeles Times reports Saturday (http://lat.ms/2jh5Uzi ) that biometric screening company Clear will install kiosks by the end of March in Los Angeles and at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Interpol: Use biometric data to find extremist fighters
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Interpol urged all countries on Tuesday to obtain biometric data from fighters for the Islamic State and other extremist groups to help law enforcement track them down, especially when they return home.
Why fingers make handy, if not foolproof, digital keys
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It sounds like a great idea: Forget passwords, and instead lock your phone or computer with your fingerprint. It's a convenient form of security — though it's also perhaps not as safe as you'd think.
Tech and Biotech: Madison startups tackle hormone replacement, nerve cell repair and biometric ID
Two stem cell companies derived from UW-Madison research are coming out of the woodwork.
JangoBio says it is developing new ways to reverse hormone imbalances tied to aging without the use of traditional hormone replacement therapy.