Good news – bad news for Samsung in one of the most read stories on Biometrics update This week, with an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor under the display apparently doing better than companies’ internal cybersecurity controls. Cameroon’s ID cards are arriving at citizens at a slow pace, even after they register their biometrics, Cognitec has been acquired, Thirdfort has raised the money, and Keyless executives explain why their approach to FIDO authentication offers advantages not previously available under the specification.
The most important biometrics news of the week
Biometric algorithms are among 200 gigs of zip source code for Samsung mobile devices stolen by the same group of hackers responsible for an attack on Nvidia. The authentication code and bootloader have been taken for all recent Samsung devices, overshadowing the news that the Samsung Galaxy S22’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is delivering a solid performance.
The biometric ID card issuance process in Cameroon has progressed slowly, and there is an in-depth report examining the extent of the problem, why it has arisen and what can be done. The government has taken charge of issuing the cards designed by Thales, but it appears that the planned increase in production announced more than a year ago has not yet taken place.
Biometric ID cards are about to start rolling out in Jamaica, with a trial version in two population centers. Pakistan’s NADRA has expanded enrollment coverage to 88 new centers, meanwhile, India is encouraging people to register children under the age of five for a Baal Aadhaar digital identity card.
The challenge of enforcing sanctions imposed in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a digital identity challenge, based on KYC and KYB processes typically aimed at exposing money laundering for drug cartels and terrorist organizations. The Mossack Fonseca case illustrates the tools at the disposal of the powerful and the difficulty of revealing their origins.
The funding stream continues with Thirdfort raising $20 million in Series A funding after increasing its KYC and AML biometric client base more than 20 times in just over a year. The company is building its platform to provide professional organizations with money source checks for both individuals and businesses.
Facial recognition is being applied to identify people who appear in online content claiming to be from the war in Ukraine, Wired reports. Open source intelligence about the war is plentiful, between robust cell coverage, online biometric services and trapped citizens, but untrained online investigators can easily be led astray by poor image quality.
Cognitec has been acquired by physical access control and digital ticket provider Salto, which the German face biometrics provider says will allow it to expand its capabilities, market reach and business network. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Cognitec will operate under the Salto Group umbrella.
Thailand implements a digital transformation project involving Mastercard’s cross-border digital identity services, with benefits explained by corporate vice president for digital identity Rajat Maheshwari in an email to Biometrics update. The national digital identity platform is also working to expand identity verification coverage after the success of the first phase of the trial.
Yoti has joined the Global Digital Safety Alliance at the World Economic Forum, a public-private group made up predominantly of government, civil society, and digital safety organizations. The group pursues the goal of a safer internet for all users, and Yoti will contribute its perspective on age controls.
A panel of speakers from various stakeholders from across Canada’s digital identity ecosystem, including representatives from DIACC, the Interac payment network, and SecureKey, has been brought together to present the current state of affairs to those involved in the country’s policy. Canadians are late in letting people share trusted digital identities through mobile phones, but progress is being made in developing a privacy-preserving system.
The combination of FIDO2 certification and FIDO Biometric Component gives Keyless customers a guarantee of the effectiveness of the company’s approach to performing biometric authentication on a distributed network rather than locally, says co-founder and CTO Paolo Gasti and VP Product Gal Steinberg Biometrics update in an interview. This approach brings technologies to smartphones that would otherwise be beyond their processing power.
Several US states are following in Illinois’s footsteps by moving toward biometric data privacy laws that define private rights to work. Florida legislation is progressing through the process, while bills in Kentucky and Maryland will specifically regulate biometrics, and could lead to several lawsuits.
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