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  • Biometriedaten werfen Fragen nach Standards auf

    Fingerabdrücke bei der Einreise in die Vereinigten Staaten waren nur der Anfang. Ab November dieses Jahres werden hierzulande Reisepässe mit biometrischen Merkmalen ausgegeben. Heute schon experimentieren Flughäfen und Carrier mit der Passagiererkennung über das Irismuster. Vielreisende werden sich in naher Zukunft an unterschiedliche Systeme und Prozeduren anpassen müssen, befürchten Biometrieexperten wie Julian Ashbourn, Vorsitzender der International Biometric Foundation.
  • 10,000 Israelis get biometric IDs in first month of pilot

    Privacy advocates say there’s no need for identity database.

    In the month since July 9, when the state launched its biometric identification program in a handful of Israeli cities, 10,000 biometric passports and identity cards have been issued. The Population, Immigration and Border Authority says 40 percent of the people who applied for identity cards at participating branches requested the “smart” versions, which require providing fingerprints and photos, while 60 percent asked for the regular IDs.

  • 3.4 billion users to have biometrics on mobile devices by 2018: report

    A new study estimates that by 2018 an almost-unbelievable 3.4 billion users will have biometric features on their mobile devices, according to Goode Intelligence.

    The report, Mobile Biometric Security – Market Forecast Report 2013 – 2018, said that by 2017, there will be over 990 million mobile devices, including smartphones, phablets and tablets, with fingerprint sensors.

    Eventually other biometric modalities will be as important as fingerprint sensors on mobile devices, including voice and facial recognition, and eye and behavioral modalities, according to the report.

  • Aadhaar gives access to pre-paid Visa accounts in India

    On Wednesday, the Indian government announced the launch of Saral Money, a unique financial services and electronic payments program, using Aadhaar, the country’s biometric national identity system.

    Visa has collaborated on this project with five Indian banks: SBI, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Indian Overseas Bank and Axis Bank, the Hindustanitimes reports.

    This system works by issuing those with Aadhaar numbers a new Visa Instant Account and a pre-paid card, immediately. Prior to this, Visa’s tough proof-of-identification registration policies have automatically excluded many people India, but by using widely-issued Aadhaar numbers as valid identification, the spread is much greater.

  • Bangladesh starts trial for biometric SIM registration

    Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy inaugurated the process on Wednesday by registering a SIM for himself.

    “Bangladesh is the second country in the world to introduce this and I am proud of it,” he told a ceremony at the telecoms ministry.

    A SIM card by state-owned operator Teletalk was issued to Joy, the prime minister’s son and her adviser.

  • Biometric identity cards for foreigners studying in Malaysia?

    The Home Ministry is in talks with the Education Ministry on the proposed implementation of security featured biometric identity cards for foreign students studying in local institutions of higher learning said Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on Wednesday.

    "We do have some problems with regard to foreign students.

    "We are currently in discussions with the Education Ministry to adopt the biometric identity card with security features such as barcode and RIFD chip for foreign students here," he told reporters at a press conference in Parliament lobby.

  • Biometric open protocol standard for safer authentication established

    While biometrics are becoming a ubiquitous component of securing consumer data on mobile and other digital devices, there is no industry standard in place to protect that data once it leaves the device and enters the cloud. Today, Hoyos Labs announced the formalization of its Biometric Open Standards Protocols (BOPS).

    BOPS comprises a set of rules that govern secure communications among a variety of client devices including mobile phones, desktop computers and ATMs, among others, and a trusted server managing the acquisition and manipulation of biometric data captured by those devices.

  • Biometric registry for Ayurvedic, Unani doctors in India

    Indian Chief minister Jagadish Shettar has recently announced an online biometric registry system for all Ayurvedic and Unani doctors, in an attempt to curb unlicensed medical practice.

    Reported in the Deccan Herald, this registration system is a Karnataka Ayurveda and Unani Practitioners (KAUP) Board objective.

    “This initiative should be extended to other forms of medicine also, which will keep the quacks at bay,” Shettar said.

  • Biometric system to keep tabs on prison visitors in India’s Central Prison

    The Coimbatore Central Prison in India will implement a biometric system to track visitors in an effort to crack down on the transfer of contraband items and enforce visitation rules, The Times of India reports.

    Without the biometric system, many visitors use fake addresses and names to exceed the prison’s weekly visitation allowance of one visit per week.

    Authorities hope that the new biometric system will help reduce the volume of contraband items being transferred to the prison, which are believed to be largely facilitated by unidentified visitors.

  • Biometric voter registration in Philippines reaches 52 million

    The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the Philippines has announced that the number of registered voters for the country’s May elections has reached more than 52 million.

    Comelec spokesman James Jimenez this total is the highest ever recorded to participate in the country’s elections. According to a report in, the first automated polls in the Philippines in 2010 saw nearly 51 million voters register.

  • Cambodia introducing eIDs

    Cambodia has just added itself to the growing list of countries looking to introduce some sort of electronic ID card to its citizens.

    According to a report in, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior recently announced that as many as 2.2 million Cambodians have already received the new ID cards in the first phase of issuance, and another 5.5 million will get the new IDs soon.

    As of yet, its unclear which company is assisting the country in the rollout of this program.

  • Cameroon Passport Goes Biometric

    Now more secured, the passport will be officially launched in Yaoundé on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

    On July 15, the first copy of the biometric passport with the technical specifications of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) was issued. The information emerged from a final preparatory meeting for the launch of the travel document in Yaoundé on Monday, chaired by the Secretary General of National Security, (DGSN) Victor Ndocki. Up to July 26, the DGSN said 5,000 of such documents have been issued.

  • Changes to Australia’s privacy law remove ban on biometric data for crime-fighting

    Under changes to Australia’s privacy law, facial scans taken for passports, drivers’ licenses, or nightclub entry can now be kept in law enforcement and spy agency databases, The Herald Sun reports.

    The Gillard Government’s new privacy legislation has removed the ban on biometric data being handed to crime-fighting agencies. Officials suggest the lifting of this ban could be of immense benefit in fighting crime.

  • Dept. of Food and Civil Supplies to begin issuing biometric ration cards in India

    The Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs in India will begin issuing photo-biometric ration cards for current Below the Poverty Line (BPL) and Above the Poverty Line (APL) card holders this week, the Times of India reports. This news comes less than a week after as many as 150 bogus ration cards issued under the biometric system were discovered.

    According to a report in the Deccan Herald, the bogus cards were created by the food and civil supplies department deputy director in collusion with three fair price shop owners as well as the biometric franchisee.

  • European Data Protection Supervisor questions biometric entry/exit system proposal

    The European Data Protection Supervisor has just published a scathing response to a proposed biometrics entry and exit system for travellers in the EU, arguing there is much to be worried about, including cost, access to data and necessity.

    In February, the European Commission proposed the biometric entry and exit system, as reports. In 2008, the commission began working on automated systems to track visa-exempt travelers, relying on eGates, rather than the existing stamp system.

  • Gardermoen Airport in Norway deploys self-serve biometric border control gates

    The Gardermoen Airport in Oslo, Noway, is now allowing users of biometric passports to check themselves through the gates using an EasyPASS gate system, reports.

    The technology behind the EasyPASS gate is based on facial recognition and operates in two stages. After passing the first gate, passenger’s faces are scanned and identity is verified through comparison with the photo included in the passport. Once identity is verified, a gate opens and the passenger can walk though, having completed the process. The system takes an average of 18 seconds to complete.

  • Global spending on government biometrics to increase: report

    According to a new report, global spending on government biometrics systems is set to grow substantially through to 2024.

    The report, The Global Government Biometric Systems Market 2014-2024, now available through, expects market growth at a CAGR of 6.88%, driven primarily by the central role being played by the requirement for verification of digital identity. This includes ePassports and national identity card programs.

  • India Continues Ambitious Effort To Biometrically Identify 1.2 Billion Citizens

    When you think of cutting-edge innovation, a massive bureaucracy might be the last thing that comes to mind. But in India, a massive experiment is underway to take a technology that was once a hallmark of science fiction and apply it to solving the nation’s greatest challenges. A small group of entrepreneurs within the government have set out to identify to every one of their 1.2 billion residents by using biometric technologies, such as iris scans and fingerprints.

    In the next few years, each man, woman and child will receive an “Aadhaar” (meaning: foundation) 12-digit unique identification number. For the poor in India, this would end a vicious cycle where a person cannot prove who they are, and thus they are denied what they are supposed to receive. Now, using the features of the body, technology can identify someone in a matter of seconds. There will no longer be a need for passports, driver licenses, or other old school paper based identification.

  • India looks to create biometric database of foreign visitors

    India is looking to create a biometric database of all foreign visitors, starting with Pakistani spectators of cricket matches.

    Once this objective is off the ground, the Indian Home Ministry will make it mandatory for visa applicants from the United States and the United Kingdom to provide all 10 fingerprints to build the database, hindustantimes reports.

  • India saved 1 billion USD by using Aadhaar, reports World Bank

    On January 14, the World Bank reported that India had saved around 1 billion USD in a year by using Aadhaar as a digital economic platform.

    Here are some points you need to know:

    • The World Bank report states that India saved around 1 billion USD by transferring fuel subsidy directly to user's bank account with the help of Aadhaar-based Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT)
    • The direct transfer has reduced the loss of money through middlemen and agencies taking a toll on the transfer
    • The plan also helped to reduce leakage and improved efficient gains
    • The World Bank report also pointed out that the government can save up to 11 billion USD if it expands the DBT to other subsidy facilities
    • The report was put forward in the World Bank publication, World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends, which was recently released in Washington DC, USA.

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