Tagged With biometrics

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Our modern environment is saturated with wireless signals, a consequence of our insatiable desire to transmit data seamlessly and efficiently. A new device developed by scientists at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) can use these ubiquitous signals to detect our inner emotional states.

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Not long ago, fingerprints were the cutting edge of biometric profiling. Today, the use of biosignatures to identify individuals has expanded to include everything from iris and facial scans right through to DNA profiling and even the unique shape of a person's arse. Here's what you need to know about how companies and governments are tracking your biometrics.

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Australian e-government is a long way behind many other developed nations. Our national leadership has utterly failed to comprehend why e-government should have been a national priority decades ago, and continues to offer little in the way of policy direction.

Hence, our current solutions are a bizarre mish-mash of inconsistent approaches, making it confusing and frustrating for Australians. Every mis-step sets back public trust in online government services. Usability, reliability and security are the keys.

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I hate my passport. Hate it. I leave it everywhere, my photo is stupid (mostly because of my stupid face), and they cost a boatload to replace every few years. Australia has signalled that it might be time to leave the humble passport behind, however, with a new passport-free travel trial it's calling Cloud Passport.

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With the Government's data retention laws coming into effect last week, even Australia's most vocal privacy advocates didn't seem to notice the extended access that ASIO and the NSW Crime Commission have been granted to your identity documents. The request put to the RMS has widened the pool of photos that security agencies have access to, most of which have been provided for government identification and licensing purposes.

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Many Australians have experienced that sinking feeling upon finding their credit card has been skimmed, scrambling to alert their bank while a stranger makes off with their hard earned cash. This can be even worse in cases of identity fraud, with criminals even taking out credit cards in other people's names or using forged documents with their details. Australia's newest national security weapon is designed to combat this threat, with an $18.5 million investment called the 'National Facial Biometric Matching Capability' to be operational from mid next year.

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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.

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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.