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These Are The Most Awkward Forms Of Biometric Identification

Biometrics are everywhere. Fingerprint scanners are a standard feature in the newest smartphones, DNA testing is common, and facial recognition is getting more and more terrifyingly reliable. But there are many biometric applications still lurking on the fringe, and some of them get really, really personal.


The Pentagon Wants Special Ops To Carry DNA Scanners

The United States’ most elite soldiers have been collecting DNA samples from suspected terrorists for years. But because analysis normally takes three weeks, it’s been a pretty useless chore. Now, however, U.S. Special Operations Command is testing a machine that can do it in 90 minutes. Get ready for advanced biometric warfare.


MasterCard Will Offer A Credit Card With A Fingerprint Sensor

The appeal of a contactless payment card is obvious: you just wave your credit or debit card over a terminal and you’ve paid. But it also removes the PIN from the equation, meaning it’s easy for someone to steal and use your card. To combat this while keeping contactless payments a breeze, MasterCard has just announced the first credit card with a built-in fingerprint sensor for biometric security.


National Security Committee Slaps Down Customs' Biometric Data Collection Plans

Part of the Government’s ongoing National Security agenda would see the Australian Customs and Border Protection agency gather oodles of biometric data on travellers going in and out of Australia and share it with various law enforcement agencies around the country. The plan may be headed for a happy derailment, however, after a bi-partisan Parliamentary oversight committee examining the new legislation today backhanded the expanded biometric data collection and sharing program.


Nigeria's Using A Biometric ID Card That Doubles As A Debit Card

Make all the “Dear Friend” email scam jokes that you want — Nigeria now has one of the most sophisticated government-issued ID systems in the world. A new nationwide card that rolls out this week collects biometric information to prevent fraud and includes a debit card feature backed by MasterCard.


St George And Westpac To Enable Biometric Banking

iPhone 5S and Galaxy S5 owners who bank with Westpac or St George will shortly be able to access their accounts using their fingerprints.


This Facial Recognition Software Signals The End Of The Security Guard

Minority Report references are old hat in the tech world. In fact, it’s often a great way to describe technology that, as the cliche goes, “sounds like something out of a Philip K. Dick novel,” yet is destined to remain a fiction. But this futuristic facial-recognition security system is the exception. It exists, and it’s scary good.


Australian Police To Start Using Android-Powered Fingerprint Scanners

South Australian police are planning to roll out new fingerprint scanners to officers on the beat. Powered by Android and gear from NEC, the biometric ID units will stop suspects making false ID claims when dealing with local cops.


Your Body Odour Could Help Make Airport Security A Breeze

Forget retina scans and fingerprints. Turns out, body odour is a shockingly accurate biometric identifier. According to new research from a team of Spanish scientists, it could change the way security checkpoints work.


Biometric Fingerprint Sensor For iPhone 'Leaked' In Latest iOS 7 Build

Somewhere in the bowels of iOS 7 Beta 4 is a folder labelled “BiometricKitUI”, which lends a bit of credence towards the rumours that the next iPhone might have a biometric sensor embedded in the Home button.


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