Latest Biometrics News

Philadelphia International Airport to test new screening

Jan. 15, 2020 6:14 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia International Airport will soon begin testing biometric screening on some international flights. Three different facial recognition systems will be set up at gates that serve outbound flights for American Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa and Qatar Airways beginning...

Lambert Airport in St. Louis plans biometric screening

Jan. 12, 2020 11:30 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Passengers at St. Louis Lambert International Airport could soon be able to speed up their check-in process using their fingerprints and the irises in their eyes. The city Airport Commission on Wednesday endorsed a contract with a New York-based company to bring its CLEAR biometric system...

Senate rejects biometric information protection bill

Jan. 8, 2020 11:59 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers aren’t ready to prohibit companies from using fingerprints, DNA and other biometric information for purposes beyond what customers could reasonably expect. The Senate voted Wednesday to further study a bill that the House passed last year that would have...

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2019, file photo commuters pass through the World Trade Center in New York. A study by a U.S. agency has found that facial recognition technology often performs unevenly based on a person's race, gender or age. This is the first time the National Institute of Standards and Technology has investigated demographic differences in how face-scanning algorithms are able to identify people. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Federal study finds race, gender affect face-scanning tech

Dec. 19, 2019 5:05 PM EST

A study by a U.S. agency has found that facial recognition technology often performs unevenly based on a person's race, gender or age. But the nuanced report published Thursday is unlikely to allay the concerns of critics who worry about bias in face-scanning applications that are increasingly being adopted by...

Sea-Tac airport officials opt out of facial recognition

Dec. 11, 2019 7:58 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — At least for now, controversial facial-recognition technology won’t be installed at boarding gates at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The decision makes the airport the first in the country to resist the rollout of a federal biometric identification program. The Seattle Times...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 file photo, Travelers walk through a security checkpoint in Terminal 2 at Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City. The Homeland Security Department is backing away from requiring U.S. citizens to submit to facial-recognition technology when they leave or enter the country. The department said Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 that it has no plans to expand facial recognition to U.S. citizens. A spokesman said DHS will delete the idea from its regulatory agenda, where privacy advocates spotted it this week  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

DHS retreats on possible facial screening of US citizens

Dec. 5, 2019 6:45 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is backing away from requiring that U.S. citizens submit to facial-recognition technology when they leave or enter the country. The department said Thursday that it has no plans to expand facial recognition to U.S. citizens. A spokesman said DHS will delete...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, file photo, travelers walk through a security checkpoint in Terminal 2 at Salt Lake City International Airport, in Salt Lake City. Federal officials are considering requiring that all travelers, including American citizens, be photographed as they enter or leave the country as part of an identification system using facial-recognition technology. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

DHS may require US citizens be photographed at airports

Dec. 3, 2019 7:41 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Federal officials are considering requiring that all travelers — including American citizens — be photographed as they enter or leave the country as part of an identification system using facial-recognition technology. The Department of Homeland Security says it expects to...