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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Biometric Technology


Tech Quote

“With biometric technology, IoT providers can ensure data security across an entire network without increasing the burden on the end user.” -

Biometric technology is finding its way into every thread of our society. Across many spectrums biometric technology is creating channels for connecting the real world to the digital world. It is being used in travel, law enforcement, automotive industry, healthcare, banking, school security and more …biometric technology appears to be the way of the future.

“We believe biometrics are at the intersection and can securely revolutionize the customer experience at every touch point where identity is important.” Caryn Seidman Becker, Co-Founder and CEO of CLEAR, on Quora

 Biometrics and Travel

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have issued several Systems of Records Notices and Privacy Impact Assessments while inviting public comment and publicizing strategies and roadmaps to educate and inform stakeholders on the steps they are taking to leverage technology for the security of the traveling public.

Learn More at (September 2018 – TSA Biometric Roadmap)

(Los Angeles, CA) May 13, 2019 CBS News |
Biometrics Helps Travelers ‘Clear’ Airport Security

Law Enforcement and Biometrics

Law enforcement biometrics are referring to applications of biometric systems which support law enforcement agencies. Law enforcement biometric technology includes criminal ID solutions such as Automated Fingerprint (and palm print) Identification Systems (AFIS). They process, store, search and retrieve, fingerprint images and subject records.

 (San Francisco, CA) May 14, 2019 NPR |
San Francisco Considers Ban On Government's Use Of Facial Recognition Technology


Biometrics and Smart Phones  

Fingerprint recognition, especially as implemented in Apple's Touch ID for the iPhone, is the first widely used mass market application of a biometric authentication factor.

Biometrics factors can be defeated by determined attackers.

An early attack on fingerprint biometric authentication is called the gummy bear hack, and it dates back to 2002 when Japanese researchers, using a gelatin-based confection, showed that an attacker can lift a latent fingerprint from a glossy surface; the capacitance of gelatin is similar to that of a human finger, so fingerprint scanners designed to detect capacitance would be fooled by the gelatin transfer. Source: Tech Target

 In 2015, Jan Krissler, also known as "Starbug," a Chaos Computer Club biometrics researcher, demonstrated a method for extracting enough data from a high-resolution photograph to defeat iris scanning authentication; in 2017, Krissler reported defeating the iris scanner authentication scheme used by the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone. Krissler had previously recreated a user's thumbprint from a high-resolution image to demonstrate that Apple's Touch ID fingerprinting authentication scheme was also vulnerable. Excerpt Tech Target

Biometric Update | (May 14, 2019) U.S. judge rules Fourth and Fifth Amendments protect against forced biometric smartphone unlock

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