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- Nov, 19 2004 - Stolen ID Crimes Soar in London
By Ben Leapman, This is London
An explosion in identity fraud has hit one in five Londoners, a survey found.
- Nov, 8 2004 - Biometrics Helping Identify Foes in War on Terror
By U.S. Dept of Defense, Science Blog
You can change your name and appearance. You can get phony documents that back up your alias. But it's nearly impossible to escape the personal signature left by your fingerprints.
- Oct, 18 2004 - Major Banks Introducing New Types of ATM Cards
By Yumiuri Shimbun, The Daily Yomiuri Online
In an effort to attract more clients, major banks are moving to issue new automated teller machine cards, some of which feature biometric identification functions and others that can be used as electronic money or credit cards. <more...>
- Oct, 12 2004 - Frisking Is Passe, Now Stand By For Eye Check
By Huma Siddiqui, The Financial Express
NEW DELHI: Have you ever thought of employees walking into the office and going through a security check that involves standing before an iris reader that will scan their eyes? <more...>
- Oct, 9 2004 - Security Chief Asks For Biometric Help
By Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle
A top Department of Homeland Security official, at a conference in San Francisco, challenged the biometrics industry to come up with more ways to extend their technologies to protect the United States against sneak attacks. <more...>
- Oct, 8 2004 - Ex-GEer Aims To Make Mark On Fingerprint Recognition Industry
By Christine Margiotta, The Business Review
Start-up company BioVericom Inc. of Troy has discovered a new market for its biometric security devices. <more...>
- Sept, 30 2004 - Research and Markets: Usage of Biometric Access Control Systems Forecasted to Increase Dramatically Amongst Enterprises
By Laura Wood, Yahoo Financial News
DUBLIN, Ireland, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of Enterprise Threat Alert: Biometric Access Identity Theft Vulnerability to their offering. <more...>
- Sept, 10 2004 - Biometrics Growth Identified as Future Windfall
By Mary Scott Nabers, Austin Business Journal
Often a particular technology becomes an "overnight star" after existing for years with little attention. <more...>
- Sept, 7 2004 - Senators Plan Shakeup of Spy Agencies
By Declan McCullagh, CNET News
A bill introduced Tuesday in response to the 9/11 Commission's recent report would embrace biometric IDs, force drivers' licenses to be standardized, and undertake the monumental task of making sure that the computers used in U.S. spy agencies can talk to each other.
- Sept, 7 2004 - Millions Could Be Fingerprinted Under Biometric Identification Plans
By Jim Bronskill, Canadian Press
OTTAWA (CP) - Virtually every newcomer to Canada would be fingerprinted and photographed under ambitious federal security proposals, The Canadian Press has learned.
- Aug, 31 2004 - Iris Recognition Added to School Security
By Cynthia Nelson, CourierPost Online
When parents pick up their children from New Egypt Elementary School in Plumsted Township, they're asked to have their picture taken.
- Aug, 29 2004 - Implementing Security Proposals
By William Schneider Jr, The Washington Times
The September 11 commission report reaffirmed the importance of protecting individual identities from theft or unauthorized use by criminals or terrorists and the costs of failing to do so.
- Aug, 23 2004 - New Program To Aid Frequent Flyers
WASHINGTON -- Starting today, frequent flyers who use Reagan National Airport can enroll in a new program designed to speed them through security.
- Aug, 20 2004 - Discover To Use Biometrics to Combat Rivals
By Evan Schuman, eWeek
What do you do if you're a struggling second-tier credit card company and your main advantage is offering lower prices to retailers? One approach is to position yourself as more convenient and more modern than your competitors and to focus on places that your rivals don't dominate.
- Aug, 18 2004 - Border Visitors-U.S. Eases Limits On Travelers from Mexico
By The San Diego Union-Tribune
Nearly 7 million Mexicans have U.S.-issued cards entitling them to visit the United States for up to 72 hours as long as they stay within 25 miles of the border in California, New Mexico or Texas, or within 75 miles of the border in Arizona.
- Aug, 13 2004 - Leader: Fear Not the Biometric ID
Enrolling is painless and the technology works
- Aug, 12 2004 - Aviation Authority sets strict biometric passport guidelines
By Christophe Guillemin. ZDNet France
Europe is to follow the UK's lead in issuing strict rules about photos to be used in biometric passports - smiling and headgear are forbidden.
- Aug, 12 2004 - I've Got a Biometric ID Card
By Tom Geoghegan, BBC News Online
Biometric testing of face, eye and fingerprints could soon be used on every resident of the UK to create compulsory identity cards. BBC News Online's Tom Geoghegan volunteered for a pilot scheme and looked, unblinking, into the future.
- Aug, 4 2004 - Biometric Exit Procedure Expanded, Says Homeland Security
By Embassy of the United States
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced August 3 the expansion of its automated US-VISIT (United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology) biometric exit procedure to additional U.S. airports and seaports.
- Aug, 3 2004 - US Shelves New Travel Rules For Britons
By Alan Travis, Guardian Unlimited
The American government has shelved for 12 months its security plan to require all British travellers to have a biometric passport or a visa.
- July 13, 2004 - Feds Like Fingerprint System
By Lance GaySCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICEs
WASHINGTON -- In the largest study of its kind, government engineers say that computerized fingerprint matching programs used on visas that foreigners obtain to enter the United States are 99 percent accurate.
- July 09, 2004 - Debunking Six Myths of Biometrics
by Russ Davis, OUT-LAWS News
It's probably the hottest sector in the security field today. Yet the biometrics industry, which produces human-based identification systems, is weighed down with claims and counterclaims, fallacies and myths.
- July 05, 2004 - Blunkett to call for European DNA database
by Matthew Tempest and agencies, Guardian Unlimited
David Blunkett will use a meeting of EU interior ministers in his home town of Sheffield today to urge an Europe-wide DNA database to tackle terrorism. <more...>
- July 03, 2004 - Palm Vein Account
by Katie Fehrenbacher, engadget
Japanese bank Suruga just launched Bio Security Deposit, a biometric-based deposit account using palm veins as a user ID. <more...>
- July 01, 2004 - Ireland to benefit from biometrics - Minister
by Irish Examiner
Irish companies are set to benefit from the increased security technology measures against global terrorism, according to Minister for Communications Dermot Ahern. <more...>
- June 28, 2004 - New High-Tech Passports with Facial Recognition on Distant Horizon
by Nora Achrati, Knight Rider Newspapers
WASHINGTON - New high-tech passports once expected by October have been delayed at least a year and, according to screening technology specialists, may never provide the hoped-for level of protection against terrorists.
- June 27, 2004 - Airports turn to fingerprinting, biometrics for security
by Bloomberg News
Aeroports de Paris, the operator of Paris's airports, started using electronically stored fingerprints to identify employees and airline workers and will offer the system to frequent travelers to reduce delays for security checks. <more...>
- June 23, 2004 - State Department Will No Longer Re-issue Certain Visas
by US Embassy Tokoyo
The U.S. State Department announced June 23 that it plans to stop issuing certain categories of visas in the United States on July 16. <more...>
- June 23, 2004 - Drop Box Just Died
by Huma Siddiqui, The Financial Express
Uncle Sam is becoming a wee bit unfriendlier. A release from US embassy details how fingerprinting will be essential and the drop-box facility for submitting visa applications is no longer valid. <more...>
- June 23, 2004 - Biometric passports a step closer to reality
by Yomiuri Shimbun, Daily Yomiuri
The Cabinet on Tuesday decided to set up a working group of officials from concerned ministries to consider the introduction of passports containing biometric information on the holder as part of moves to prevent forgery. <more...>
- June 18, 2004 - Biometrics - great hope for world security or triumph for Big Brother?
by Owen Bowcott, The Guardian
British police will almost certainly be given access in the near future to US intelligence databases containing DNA samples, fingerprints and digital images of thousands of foreign nationals seized around the world by the US as terror suspects. <more...>
- June 17, 2004 - Vic fingerprints go digital
by Diana Thorp
LIVESCAN digital fingerprinting systems, which will improve the speed and accuracy of fingerprint collection, were launched in Victoria today. <more...>
- June 17 , 2004 - US extends biometric passports deadline
by Lucy Sherriff
The US House of Representatives has voted for a year-long extension to the deadline for countries to introduce biometric passports for their citizens. This is a year less than Colin Powell asked for, and many countries (including the UK) will be unable to meet it. <more...>
- June 15 , 2004 - Britain to Get Airport Iris Scanners
A test run of an iris-scanning system will begin at Britain's five busiest airports next year in a bid to increase security and speed immigration controls, the government said Tuesday. <more...>
- June 14 , 2004 - Survey: 2 Million bank accounts robbed
by Bob Sullivan, MSNBC
Nearly 2 million Americans have had their checking accounts raided by criminals in the past 12 months, according to a soon-to-be released survey by market research group Gartner. Consumers reported an average loss per incident of $1,200, pushing total losses higher than $2 billion for the year. <more...>
- June 9 , 2004 - US Embassy to start fingerprint scanning for Romanian visa applicants
Bucharest, June 9 (InvestRomania) - The U.S. Embassy consular section in Bucharest will begin the process of scanning the fingerprints of all visa applicants starting June 9.
- June 8 , 2004 - Biometric passport too pricey for Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's interior minister has said that the government cannot afford to introduce passports with fingerprints or other biometric features before 2007, even as it tries to persuade the U.S. to abolish visas for Poles. <more...>
- June 2 , 2004 - Recognition Keys Access
by Kimberly Patch, Tecyhnology Research News
Passwords are a problem. To be secure, a password must be non-obvious and changed often. Given the number of passwords the average person uses, and given the difficulty of keeping non-obvious and constantly changing passwords straight, it's not surprising that many people don't like them. <more...>
- June 1, 2004 - Technology strains to find menance in the crowd
by Barnaby J. Feder, The New York Times
Face recognition technology, often touted as a promising tool in the fight against terrorism, earned a bad reputation after it failed miserably in some well-publicized tests for picking faces out of crowds. Yet, on simpler challenges, the technology's performance is improving and business has been growing. <more...>
- June, 2004 - For or against?
by Spotlight Online
We all carry cards of some sort: credit cards, store cards, fitness-club cards, library cards the list is endless. . <more...>
- May 31, 2004 - Complex Passwords Foil Hacks
As more websites demand passwords, scammers are getting cleverer about stealing them -- hence, the need for such "passwords-plus" systems. <more...>
- May 24, 2004 - U.S. nearing deal on way to track foreign visitors
by Eric Lichtblau and John Markoff, The New York Times
The Department of Homeland Security is on the verge of awarding the biggest contract in its young history for an elaborate system that could cost as much as $15 billion and employ a network of databases to track visitors to the United States long before they arrive. <more...>
- May 19, 2004 - New Biometric Approach Secures ID Cards
by Duncan Graham-Rowe, NewScientist.com
A novel biometric identification system could counter many of the objections to ID card schemes such as the one being proposed by the UK government.
- May 19, 2004 - Lawmakers want progress on biometric airport IDs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government must move faster to develop high-tech ID cards that could prevent armed terrorists from boarding a plane by posing as airport workers or law officers, lawmakers said Wednesday.
- May 3, 2004 - Biometric driver's licenses within five years?
by Brian Sullivan, IDG
Two Virginia congressmen have proposed a $315 million program that would require biometric markers on all states' driver's licenses within five years, according to federal legislation the pair filed Wednesday. <more...>
- Feb 24, 2004 - Hard Drives Go Biometric
by Agam Shah, IDG News Service
Memory Experts unveils rugged, secure Outbacker line of drives.
- Jan 13, 2004 - Bidding For Biometric Riches
by Penelope Patsuris, Forbes.com
The rich business of protecting America against terrorists is about to get a lot richer. <more...>
- Jan 13, 2004 - Facing a Biometric Future
by Jo Twist, BBC News Online
By the middle of next year, the British passport could be quite different to the document currently waved at immigration.