Showing posts with label Biometrics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Biometrics. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

China’s TikTok Collecting US Biometrics

#China’s #TikTok Collecting US #Biometrics | #TpromoCom #Privacy #NationalSecurity | China’s social media platform TikTok just changed its privacy policy to allow the collection of American biometric data, such as facial and voice recognition, and potentially fingerprint data as well.

The company, which caters to youth ages 13 to 24, can already collect prodigious amounts of information on its hapless users, including name, age, location, social media connections, filenames, and clipboard data.

Owned by Beijing’s ByteDance, the company should have been banned long ago. But it used U.S. courts to fight for access to American households, and now the Democrats are dragging their feet on passing laws or policies that bar TikTok from the United States. 

Allan B. Colombo (image)
Personal Comment:
I see my friends on Facebook and Twitter using TikTok all the time for personal things. Photos, GIF's, streaming video clips, and when I ask them if they are aware of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) connection, they say they had no idea, and they go on  using the app. It's pretty apparent to me that China poses a threat to all of us from a security standpoint. It's the job of every professional in security to be concerned with this. Are we professionals are not?  That's the question.--Al Colombo

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Dispension Industries and ePortID announce exclusive agreement for vein biometric identity verification in automated kiosks for restricted product distribution

Dispension Industries and ePortID announce exclusive agreement for vein biometric identity verification in automated kiosks for restricted product distribution | #TpromoCom #Biometric #Identification #Financial | Dispension Industries Inc. and ePortID LLC are embarking on a strategic exclusive relationship to transform the distribution of restricted products using palm vein biometric identity verification technology in tandem with unattended self-service kiosks. This partnership combines Dispension’s thought leadership in automated distribution of restricted products with ePortID’s expertise in biometric access control solutions.

The combined solution has great potential to solve hurdles faced by retailers and distributors of restricted goods such as pharmaceuticals, alcohol, cannabis, psychedelics, nicotine/vaping and lottery products. Distribution of these products typically requires age or identity verification by human personnel which is costly from a staffing standpoint, unreliable as human ID checks can be scammed or faked, and unsafe due to the potential for exposure and transmission of infectious diseases such as COVID-19. The combined Dispension and contactless ePortID technology has the potential to disrupt traditional human distribution methods by reducing costs, increasing access and throughput, and reducing public health and safety concerns.

Dispension is pioneering secure, trusted, intelligent self-checkout kiosks for restricted product distribution. ePortID’s integrated biometric access control technology allows the kiosks to effectively identify a person at the point of distribution in an unattended and contactless way. The combined solution is much more than a retail kiosk, it improves security, prevents theft, captures direct consumer data, reduces operating costs and protects frontline workers and customers. The data collected by the kiosks during each interaction allow restricted product distributors, producers, researchers and policy makers to better understand the consumer and their consumption behaviour.

In terms of security, Dispension’s kiosks are comparable to an ATM, only rather than identifying someone with a bank card, ePortID’s technology identifies people by the internal vein patterns in the palms of their hands. ePortID’s software leverages the power of the Fujitsu PalmSecure® scanner to  provide the best biometric solutions on the market.

“It uses the highest accuracy biometrics on the market,” said Dispension President and CEO, Corey Yantha. “I can’t stress how important this is when operating in such highly regulated markets. With ePortID’s palm scanning technology, regulators have confidence in our kiosks’ ability to ensure that products can’t be accessed by anyone other than the intended recipient.”

Dispension’s kiosks, equipped with ePortID’s palm vein scanning access control system, are being used by the MySafe Society in a harm reduction initiative to reduce overdose deaths caused by deadly street drugs. The life-saving technology is being used across Canada to distribute a safe supply of prescription opioids to registered users who suffer from substance use disorder and have a dependency on fentanyl contaminated street drugs that can cause fatal overdoses. The project has received $3.5M from Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program and will undergo formal evaluation by the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use to assess efficacy and potential for expansion.

“ePortID is proud to be an integral part of this technology solution that saves lives” said Paul Labow, President and CEO of ePortID.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Goode forecasts biometrics on 1 in 5 payment cards by 2026

Goode forecasts biometrics on 1 in 5 payment cards by 2026  
| #TpromoCom #Biometrics #Digitize #Security #Financial | Idex and Zwipe partnerships paying off (biometricupdate).

Technology challenges and the pandemic have combined to push the biometric payment card market back by two to three years, according to the latest forecast from 
Goode Intelligence. 

Despite the delay, up to 2.9 million cards with fingerprint sensors could be shipped this year, the new report says, and at least one in five payment cards shipped in 2026 will have an embedded biometric sensor.

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Saturday, January 30, 2021

BIO-key IDaaS access control momentum continues as US college selects PortalGuard

BIO-key IDaaS access control momentum continues as US college selects PortalGuard
| #TpromoCom | Implementing #passwordless solutions for #education (Alessandro Mascellino

BIO-key has been selected by the Southeastern Illinois College to integrate its PortalGuard Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) platform within the College’s IT infrastructures to secure logical access with digital ID.

The implementation of PortalGuard will enable end-users to login with the same digital ID credentials on all their devices connected to critical institutional applications, for a frictionless user experience, according to the company announcement.

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WhatsApp is adding eye, fingerprint, and face scanning – but says it won't have any access to biometric data

WhatsApp is adding eye, fingerprint, and face scanning – but says it won't have any access to biometric data (image)

WhatsApp is adding eye, fingerprint, and face scanning – but says it won't have any access to biometric data | #TpromoCom | WhatsApp announced the new feature on Thursday, which it described as an extra layer of security for its WhatsApp Web and Desktop services ().

At the moment, to use WhatsApp Web or Desktop users have to link it up to their phone account by scanning a QR code. This new feature would add biometric login to compatible devices as an optional extra layer of security.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

49% of US broadband households own a smart speaker or smart display

Webinar, sponsored by ULE Alliance, examines growing use of
voice control for home security and automation

Parks Associates research finds 49% of US broadband households own a smart speaker or smart display, driving voice to the forefront of the connected home consumer experience. Parks Associates is hosting the complimentary webinar “Voice Controls and Smart Home: Optimizing Product Design,” sponsored by ULE Alliance, on December 3 at 11 am CT (9 am PT), to evaluate methods for product manufacturers and service providers to evaluate voice control technologies and integrate solutions into their offerings that will deliver high-quality design while ensuring quality of service (QoS).

“Voice control quickly captured consumer interest, driving smart speaker adoption with early use cases focused on quick information requests and music streaming,” said Jennifer Kent, Senior Director, Parks Associates. “However, the user experience across smart speakers varies greatly, so as voice control moves into more critical use cases, such as emergency detection and response, companies will need to ensure QoS with a well-designed solution to maintain consumer confidence.”

In this webinar, speakers will share leading approaches to integrating voice and data communication into smart products and services and the tradeoffs that product manufacturers and service providers make when deciding among these approaches.  The webinar features the following speakers:

  • Avi Barel, Director, Business Development, ULE Alliance
  • Doug Bellenger, Head of Product, DIY, ADT
  • Jean Claude Bennoun, Business Development Manager, Crow Electronic Engineering Ltd
  • Jennifer Kent, Senior Director, Parks Associates
  • Bill Scheffler, VP Business Development, DSP Group

Webinar Topics:

  • Consumer data on smart speaker/display adoption
  • Adoption and usage of multiple speakers per household
  • Voice as an interface for security systems and products
  • Benefits of combining voice and data for product design
  • Key metrics as OEMs and service providers evaluate standards for voice integration
  • Use cases that need reliable QoS
  • Two-way voice use cases

Parks Associates Consumer Data:

  • 74% of smart home device owners also own a smart speaker.
  • 18% of US broadband households report that COVID-19 has increased their interest in products and services that enable “touchless” control of smart home devices using voice control.

To request data or an interview, please contact Rosey Ulpino at, 972.996.0233.

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates, a woman-founded and certified business, is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

The company's expertise includes the Internet of Things (IoT), digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webinars, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, and Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digital Media.