Biometrics

The Importance of Centralizing Criminal Booking

If you read our blog series, True Crime Stories, you learned how murders that went unsolved for years were cleared thanks to biometric data that could finally be compared to an entire database of biometrics. In short, catching the bad guys has become easier than ever. Thanks for this, we have the advent of hardware and software that collects fingerprints and other biometrics from criminals. Two factors in collecting fingerprints have significantly improved over time:

The Risk of Identity Theft Does Not Stop with Biographic Data

As the world increasingly moves towards assuring each individual’s identity, so does the need to collect and manage more biometric data as a means to uniquely enroll and identify individuals. But sharing our biometric data means that we are exposed to the same identity theft risks as when we share other important data, such as financial account data, address history, employer history and more. Several data breach laws around the world have already been enacted requiring companies to report on breaches after the fact.

Why Touching a Fingerprint Reader is Still the Best Method of Biometric Identification

There has been some talk recently that the COVID-19 outbreak will spell the end for biometric devices that require contact. This is based on the premise that people will be hesitant to touch a surface that any other member of the public has previously come into contact with. The rumor goes that contact-based fingerprint scanners are heading to the scrap heap within two to three years. You can understand why these predictions are being made, but there are a number of factors which mean that this is unlikely to happen for some considerable time to come.

True Crime Stories - Biometrics Brings Justice for the Vulnerable

The follow article contains potentially disturbing references to child abduction and sexual assault.

“Any investigator has that one case they wished they’d finished, and this was mine. I just kept working on it. I wanted to get justice for that girl and her family.”

Taking fingerprints

True Crime Stories: Clues to a Cold Case Brings Closure

When someone is murdered and the killer is never found, the family members of the victim have to live with terrible unanswered questions. It is this distress that motivates people who work in law enforcement to open cold case units. Sometimes advances in technology or further investigation can help solve cold violent crimes, which offers some peace and closure for those family members.

Criminal fingerprint card and magnifier, top view

True Crime Stories - Never Too Late to Reveal a Murderer

68-year-old Sondra Better was finishing her shift at Lu Shay’s Consignment Shop in Delray Beach Florida in August 1998 when a man came into the store and beat her to death. Sondra received several blows to the head before her throat was slashed and she was left on the floor to die.

Sondra was a mother, a grandmother and the cherished wife of her husband Seymour “Zeke” Better. The couple was on the cusp of renewing their vows and celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. She came to work at the store after retiring in Florida.

The Continued Rise of Biometrics in Citizen ID

Although the subject of biometrics can still be controversial, there is a growing acceptance of biometric identification—fueled no doubt by its increased use in everything from mobile phone security to citizen identification.

biometric facial recognition scan

Successfully Solving a Murder Case: Biometrics Leave No Room for Doubt

While often used for identification purposes to cross an international border or to gain access to a device or a location, biometrics―such as fingerprints―have advanced to become an integral part of criminal and forensic investigations.

Taking Mobile Authentication Mainstream

The online hub for the modern workforce is the mobile phone—making reliable, frictionless security critical. Without it, text messages, location data, contacts and any account information stored on the phone is at risk for theft and misuse. Moreover, the broader universe of enterprise applications accessed through the mobile device can be imperiled.

Protecting Biometrics at Rest, an Essential Tutorial

Biometric authentication is fast and convenient. Touch your phone and it is unlocked. Look through an iris scanner and enter a secure room. Speak into your phone for hands-free authentication. Governments, law enforcement, airports, and corporations use it. However, is biometric authentication that simple? Not really when you consider the policy issues, privacy concerns, and complexity of biometric data protection.

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