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State Department looks to enhance biometric identity assurance technology

The State Department is considering updates to an identity assurance system that collects and matches fingerprint, iris and face data. The system, called Tactical High-Threat Operational Response, or THOR, needs additional work because the Defense Department halted in December 2014 a program with similar capabilities that was used by the State Department.

NIST, FBI collaborate on biometric technology certification program

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is researching the potential of contactless fingerprinting devices that would allow biometric reading simply by showing one's hand rather than placing it directly on a scanner

GAO report: Federal law should adapt to growing privacy concerns of facial recognition technology

Congressional investigators from the Government Accountability Office reviewed privacy issues around the technology as the National Telecommunications and Information Administration also has an effort underway to examine related privacy ramifications and develop a voluntary code of conduct.

NSTIC pilot uses biometrics to bring identity management to seniors

Members of AARP, a nonprofit group that serves adults 50 years or older, are testing technology to help them better manage their digital identities in a simple, but more secure way using biometrics. It's just one of 15 federally funded pilots that was recently highlighted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Top RAND researcher: Open up border security data

Analysis of data related to border issues could illuminate the threats and challenges at the border and also help understand the effects of border security measures on trade, said Jack Riley, the vice president of RAND's national security research division.

TSA changes credentialing policy on TWIC, senators question effectiveness

The Transportation Security Administration changed its credentialing policy after a convicted felon used a valid federal transportation ID card to gain access to a Virginia Navy base and killed a sailor in March, an official told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee June 4.

FBI facial recognition database surges with images

An FBI database storing facial images for digital recognition purposes is on track to have 52 million images in it by next year, show bureau documents obtained through a lawsuit.

CBP Predator drones fly on behalf of state and local law enforcement

Documents newly uncovered via a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit show Customs and Border Protection blurring the line between border security and other law enforcement operations through the frequency of its unmanned aerial vehicle flights on behalf of other agencies, says the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Cheap and ubiquitous biometrics coming, says panel

"We can now essentially capture our fingerprint with a standard commercial device, there's nothing special about that endpoint. It really drives that price point down," said Jeff Johnson, chief technology officer of the FBI. He spoke on a panel at the annual ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference.

DHS to use hockey game to test facial recognition

According to a newly released privacy impact  statement  (.pdf) and local media  reports, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will on Sept. 21 run a test to see if off-the-shelf cameras can be used to identify the faces of 20 lab volunteers mingled with people filing into the Toyota Center arena in Kennewick, Wash.