The biometrics discussion gets heavy in this week’s top stories roundup

This week’s roundup of top stories from FindBiometrics features news and discussion about some of the most important real-world applications of biometrics, in addition to some simpler business news about a biometrics startup.

Starting with the heavy stuff, readers showed great interest in an article about one of the consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Canada has opened its doors to refugees from Ukraine, waiving many of the usual requirements for applying for temporary residency in the country. But it still insists on collecting biometrics of refugees’ faces and fingerprints, which means refugees will still have to go to a visa application center in person:

Canada waives most immigration requirements for Ukrainian citizens, but biometrics must be collected

Then there is the question of how police should use facial recognition technology – a branch of biometric discourse that has grown strained in recent years. Seeking to get an accurate picture of how the American public views the issue, the Pew Research Center polled more than 10,000 American adults on questions such as whether the widespread use of facial recognition by police would be good or bad. , and whether it would reduce crime rates. And it gave startling results:

Pew Asked 10,000 Americans What They Thought About Police Use of Facial Recognition: Here’s What They Said

The growing use of facial recognition and the emergence of new privacy laws governing the technology were important topics that were discussed this week at the ISC West event in Las Vegas, where FindBiometrics’ Doug OGorden spent some time chatting with a number of industry leaders. In a particularly popular interview, OGorden went into these heavier considerations with Jake Parker, SIA’s Senior Director of Government Relations:

ID Talk at ISC West 2022: SIA’s Jake Parker on Facial Recognition Privacy Legislation and the Security Industry

Important issues related to this discussion, such as the issue of privacy and data protection, were also raised at the recent FindBiometrics Virtual Identity Summit. A replay of the entire day-long event, helpfully broken down into session-focused videos, is now available, and our post for downloads received heavy traffic:

REPLAY: FindBiometrics and IBIA Present Year in Review Virtual Identity Summit

Finally, on a lighter note, AuthID.ai grabbed some attention this week with its announcement that it had raised $22.5 million in funding. The biometric identity verification and authentication specialist also reported year-over-year revenue growth and suggested that despite a heavier net loss, its new funding has put the company on track for positive cash flow in 2024:

AuthID.ai secures $22.5 million in funding and anticipates positive cash flow in 2024

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March 26, 2022 – by Alex Perala