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To Fool This Iris Scanner, You're Gonna Need a Really Fresh Eyeball To Fool This Iris Scanner, You're Gonna Need a Really Fresh Eyeball

When security systems rely on our unique human characteristics—like our fingerprints and eyeballs—techniques for circumventing those systems can be far more macabre than just guessing a password. If someone wanted to fool your iris scanner, for instance, all they really need is your eye. In light of that, a research…

This AI Knows Who You Are by the Way You Walk This AI Knows Who You Are by the Way You Walk

Our individual walking styles, much like snowflakes, are unique. With this in mind, computer scientists have developed a powerful new footstep-recognition system using AI, and it could theoretically replace retinal scanners and fingerprinting at security checkpoints, including airports.

Future iPhones Could Scan the Veins Beneath Your Face, Apple Patent Suggests Future iPhones Could Scan the Veins Beneath Your Face, Apple Patent Suggests

Apple has been granted a patent, first filed in 2015, that could lead to huge enhancements in the iPhone’s biometric powers by using “pulsed radiation” to peer into users’ veins. A relatively recent wave of similar patents could point to a new sub-dermal standard in future generations of smartphones and wearables.

Great, Now an Airline Is Normalizing Casual Fingerprinting Great, Now an Airline Is Normalizing Casual Fingerprinting

Delta Airlines announced Monday that it’s rolling out biometric entry at its line of airport lounges. With the press of two fingers, Delta members will be able to enter any of Delta’s 50 exclusive lounges for drinks, comfortably unaware of the encroaching dystopian biometric surveillance structure closing around…

Facebook's New Face Recognition Features: What We Do (and Don't) Know [Updated] Facebook's New Face Recognition Features: What We Do (and Don't) Know [Updated]

Editor’s Note: After this post was published, Facebook provided more specific details about how their face recognition system works. The following post has been updated to include the additional information given to Gizmodo, and the headline has been updated to reflect that.

A Judge Denied Facebook's Attempt to Kill a Privacy Suit Over Biometric Face Prints A Judge Denied Facebook's Attempt to Kill a Privacy Suit Over Biometric Face Prints

In 2o15 and 2016, a rush of class-action lawsuits were filed by people in Illinois against tech companies. The impetus was an unusual law in the Prairie State. In 2008, the state passed the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, making it, along with Texas, one of only two states at the time with laws on the…

What's It Gonna Take For Someone to Give Me This Slick In-Display Fingerprint Reader

Synaptics’s Clear ID sensor is not the first sensor to scan your thumb print through a display. The Vivo X20 phone, available now in China, is not the first phone to read your thumb through the screen. You might not know this if you’d seen the headlines coming out of CES—where Synaptic’s Clear ID was haled as a game…

All Baltimore Cops to Be Fingerprinted After Widespread Overtime Abuse All Baltimore Cops to Be Fingerprinted After Widespread Overtime Abuse

As a police corruption scandal rocks the city, the Baltimore Police Department will now mandate fingerprint scans for officers clocking in and out of shifts. Last year, the department budgeted $16 million for overtime, yet spent $44.9 million. Testimony during the ongoing corruption trial revealed an informal overtime…

Face ID Is Unstoppable Face ID Is Unstoppable

It sucks when a new technology comes along and creeps everybody out. It sucks even more when that technology is so good, so life-changing that even the most discerning consumer sets that anxiety aside and says, “Who cares if Apple owns detailed biometric data about my face?” That’s what Face ID has done to me with…

Why Did Facebook Just Buy This Company That Verifies Government-Issued IDs? Why Did Facebook Just Buy This Company That Verifies Government-Issued IDs?

Facebook has acquired Confirm.io, a startup that verified government-issued identification for third-party businesses. In addition to ID cards, Confirm.io’s service also handled biometrics and facial recognition data.

The Very Good Reason Why You Can't Get That Google Art-Selfie Feature in Illinois or Texas The Very Good Reason Why You Can't Get That Google Art-Selfie Feature in Illinois or Texas

Some residents of Illinois and Texas are angry that they can’t easily determine which work of art looks 42 percent like them while allowing Google to capture their biometric souls.

Full Access to India's National Biometric Database Reportedly Sold Over WhatsApp for About $8 Full Access to India's National Biometric Database Reportedly Sold Over WhatsApp for About $8

Aadhaar, India’s massive biometric database, is facing new allegations of compromise after local journalists reported paying the equivalent of $8 in Indian rupees for full administrative access.

Woman With Leprosy Denied Pension Because She Doesn't Have Fingers for India's Biometric Database Woman With Leprosy Denied Pension Because She Doesn't Have Fingers for India's Biometric Database

Blind, disabled, and estranged from her family, 65-year-old Sajidha Begum has survived on a monthly pension check of 1,000 rupees (about $16) in Bangalore, India. In August, however, the Indian government sent a letter to the leprosy hospital where she’s lived for over 10 years saying her pension was being taken away…

The Apple Watch Can Accurately Detect Hypertension and Sleep Apnea The Apple Watch Can Accurately Detect Hypertension and Sleep Apnea

The data that fitness trackers collect about your body goes far beyond just how many steps you’ve taken, and researchers are just beginning to understand how to harness all that valuable data-collecting power.

New All-Seeing Billboard Uses Hidden Cameras to Show Ads Based on Age, Emotions New All-Seeing Billboard Uses Hidden Cameras to Show Ads Based on Age, Emotions

London’s famous Piccadilly Circus is getting an immense and terrifying new video display called Piccadilly Lights. According to its maker, the enormous screen (which is almost the size of two professional basketball courts) can detect the vehicles, ages, and even emotions of people nearby, and respond by playing…

The Face Scan of the Future Could Be a Radar Image of Your Beating Heart The Face Scan of the Future Could Be a Radar Image of Your Beating Heart

Imagine unlocking devices, withdrawing money from an ATM, and even entering your building all without having to prove who you are. Now, imagine a world where everyone from your landlord to your bank and phone carrier know the size and shape of your heart. Using electrocardiography, researchers at the University of…

What’s the Worst That Could Happen With Huge Databases of Facial Biometric Data?

The widespread use of facial recognition technology is almost upon us. A new iPhone is on the horizon, and it might not even have a fingerprint reader—instead, you could be unlocking your phone with your face.

130 Million at Risk of Fraud After Massive Leak of Indian Biometric System Data 130 Million at Risk of Fraud After Massive Leak of Indian Biometric System Data

A series of potentially calamitous leaks in India leave as many as 130 million people at risk of fraud or worse after caches of biometric and other personal data became accessible online. That’s according to a new report from the Bangalore-based Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), which details breaches at four…

MasterCard Wants to Turn Your Thumbprint Into a PIN Number [UPDATED] MasterCard Wants to Turn Your Thumbprint Into a PIN Number [UPDATED]

On Thursday, MasterCard announced a “next generation biometric card” which embeds fingerprint recognition into debit cards. That may not be good news.

Your Computer Might Become an Expert Lip Reader to Keep Your Data Safe Your Computer Might Become an Expert Lip Reader to Keep Your Data Safe

Despite being the most common way to protect computers and sensitive data, passwords are a terrible security solution. So scientists at Hong Kong Baptist University are teaching computers to read a user’s lips as a far more secure method of biometric security.

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