UK: Facial recognition firm faces possible £17m privacy fine

An Australian firm which claims to have a database of more than 10 billion facial images is facing a potential £17m fine over its handling of personal data in the UK. The Information Commissioner’s Office said it had significant concerns Read More …

Database firm Clearview AI told to remove photos taken in Australia

A firm which claims to have a database of more than 10 billion facial images has breached Australia’s privacy laws, Australian regulators say. Clearview AI lets law enforcement agencies search its database of faces. But the Office of the Australian Read More …

European Parliament passes non-binding resolution to ban facial recognition

The European Parliament has voted in favour to a resolution banning law enforcement from using facial recognition systems. In explaining the resolution, the European Parliament said the use of AI by law enforcement currently poses various risks spanning opaque decision-making, Read More …

Afghanistan: The Taliban have seized U.S. military biometrics devices

The Taliban have seized U.S. military biometrics devices that could aid in the identification of Afghans who assisted coalition forces, current and former military officials have told The Intercept. The devices, known as HIIDE, for Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment, Read More …

Facebook to Pay $550M to Settle Class Action Case Over Facial Recognition

Facebook has agreed to pay $550 million to Illinois users to settle a class action lawsuit filed over the use of its face-tagging technology to collect facial-recognition data on its social media platform. The company unveiled the settlement on a quarterly financial Read More …

Biometric data processing and storage system threats

Initially, digital biometric data processing systems were used primarily by government agencies and special services (police, customs, etc.). However, the rapid evolution of information technology has made biometric systems accessible for ‘civil’ use. They are increasingly becoming part of our Read More …

Fraudsters use AI voice manipulation to steal £200,000

Cyber criminals have used artificial intelligence (AI) and voice technology to impersonate a UK business owner, resulting in the fraudulent transfer of $243,000 (£201,000). In March this year, what is believed to be an unknown hacker group is said to have exploited Read More …

‘CamuBot’ Banking Malware Ups the Trojan Game with Biometric Bypass

CamuBot is a unique malware targeting Brazilian bank customers that attempts to bypass biometric account protections. Brazilian bank customers are being warned of malware dubbed CamuBot that hides in plain sight and presents itself as a required end-user security module Read More …