Good news-bad news for Samsung in one of the most read stories on Biometric update this week, with an under-screen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that apparently works better than the company’s internal cybersecurity controls. Cameroonian ID cards are reaching citizens at a snail’s pace, even after they enroll their biometrics, Cognitec was acquired, Thirdfort raised funds and Keyless executives explain why their approach to authentication FIDO offers benefits that were not previously available as part of the specification.
Top biometric news of the week
The biometric algorithms are part of 200 GB of compressed source code for Samsung mobile devices stolen by the same group of hackers responsible for an attack on Nvidia. The passcode and bootloader code for all recent Samsung devices has been taken, overshadowing the news that the Samsung Galaxy S22’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor offers solid performance.
The process of issuing biometric ID cards in Cameroon has progressed slowly and an in-depth report examines the extent of the problem, why it has arisen and what can be done. The government has taken over the issuance of the Thales-designed cards, but a planned ramp-up in production announced more than a year ago does not yet appear to have taken place.
Biometric ID cards are about to start rolling out in Jamaica, with a pilot issuance in two population centers. Pakistan’s NADRA has expanded its registration coverage with 88 new centers, and India is encouraging people to register children under five for a Baal Aadhaar digital ID.
The challenge of enforcing sanctions imposed in retaliation for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a digital identity challenge, dependent on KYC and KYB processes typically intended to detect money laundering for cartels in the drugs and terrorist organizations. The tools available to the powerful and the difficulty of discovering their assets are illustrated by the Mossack Fonseca affair.
The influx of funding continues with Thirdfort raising $20 million in Series A funding after growing its KYC and AML biometric customer base by more than 20x in just over a year. The company is building its platform to provide business organizations with verifications of funding sources for individuals and businesses.
Facial recognition is being applied to identify people appearing in online content claiming to be from the war in Ukraine, Wired reports. Open-source intelligence on the war is plentiful, between heavy cellphone coverage, online biometric services, and entrapped citizens, but untrained online sleuths could easily be misled by poor image quality.
Cognitec has been acquired by physical access control and digital ticketing provider Salto, which the German facial biometrics provider says will allow it to expand its capabilities, market reach and sales network. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Cognitec will operate under the Salto Group umbrella.
Thailand is leading a digital transformation project that includes digital identity services for Mastercard’s cross-border interoperability, with benefits explained by Vice President of Digital Identity Rajat Maheshwari in an email to Biometric update. The National Digital ID Platform is also expanding its identity verification coverage following a successful Phase 1 pilot.
Yoti joined the Global Coalition for Digital Security at the World Economic Forum, a public-private group comprised primarily of government, civil society and digital security organizations. The group pursues the goal of a safer Internet for all users, and Yoti will bring his perspective on age screening.
A panel of speakers from different stakeholders across Canada’s digital identity ecosystem, including representatives from DIACC, the Interac payment network and SecureKey, were brought together to present the current state of affairs. people involved in the country’s politics. Canadians are behind in allowing people to share trusted digital identities through mobile phones, but progress is being made in developing a privacy protection system.
The combination of FIDO2 and FIDO Biometric Component certifications gives Keyless customers confidence in the effectiveness of the company’s approach to performing biometric authentication over a distributed network rather than locally, said the co-founder and CTO Paolo Gasti and VP Product Gal Steinberg Biometric update in an interview. The approach brings techniques to smartphones that are otherwise beyond their processing power.
Several US states are following in Illinois’ footsteps by moving toward biometric data privacy laws that establish private rights of action. Legislation in Florida is moving forward in the process, while bills in Kentucky and Maryland would specifically regulate biometrics and could lead to numerous lawsuits.
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