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  • Flashing a peace sign in a photo could lead to identity theft

    01/22/2017 3:35:16 AM PST · by fso301 · 44 replies ^ | Jan 17, 2017 | Lars Rehm
    The National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan claims that taking and publishing photos of subjects who are flashing the popular two-fingered 'V' or peace sign could lead to identify theft. It warns that fingerprint recognition technology is now so advanced that even casual snapshots can be used to retrieve fingerprint information. The report also says the technology is widely available and easy to use.
  • The ‘Fingerprint’ Of Global Warming Doesn’t Exist In The Real World, Study Finds(WUT!)

    09/22/2016 9:36:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 9/22/2016 | Michael Bastasch
    One of the main lines of evidence used by the Obama administration to justify its global warming regulations doesn’t exist in the real world, according to a new report by climate researchers. Researchers analyzed temperature observations from satellites, weather balloons, weather stations and buoys and found the so-called “tropical hotspot” relied upon by the EPA to declare carbon dioxide a pollutant “simply does not exist in the real world.” They found that once El Ninos are taken into account, “there is no ‘record setting’ warming to be concerned about.” “These analysis results would appear to leave very, very little doubt...
  • Panel: Finding climate fingerprints in wild weather is valid

    03/12/2016 9:45:28 AM PST · by Bob434 · 31 replies
    The Post Star ^ | Mar 11, 2016 | SETH BORENSTEIN
    WASHINGTON Climate science has progressed so much that experts can accurately detect global warming’s fingerprints on certain extreme weather events, such as a heat wave, according to a high-level scientific advisory panel.
  • Venezuela to install finger scanners to tackle shortages

    03/08/2015 2:24:16 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 49 replies
    Y! via Associated Propaganda ^ | 21 (or 22?) hours ago (3/7/15) | Associated Press By HANNAH DREIR
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela will begin installing some 20,000 fingerprint scanners at supermarkets nationwide in a bid to stamp out hoarding and panic buying, which the government blames for long lines and widespread shortages of basic goods. ... On Saturday, President Nicolas Maduro said that seven large private retail chains had voluntarily agreed to install the scanners. "I ask for the the comprehension of all of Venezuela, to understand this problem, because there is a lot of manipulation taking place," Maduro said at the inauguration of a state-run supermarket. Economists say the effort is bound to fail. They blame...
  • MILLER: Every D.C. firearm owner to be fingerprinted to renew gun registry

    11/25/2013 3:18:00 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | Emily Miller
    The 1,800 or so criminals who have killed, robbed or assaulted innocent people with guns in the District of Columbia so far this year were hauled into the police station to be fingerprinted, photographed and to undergo a criminal-background check. Now, legal gun owners who have committed no crime are getting the exact same treatment. That is neither constitutional, nor fair. The latest gun-control scheme that starts on Jan. 1 will force every legal firearm owner in the nation’s capital to go in person to police headquarters to renew their registration certificates. The Metropolitan Police Department filed proposed rules last...
  • Apple goes plastic and colorful with new iPhone line

    09/10/2013 12:50:07 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 60 replies
    CNBC ^ | September 10, 2013 | Cadie Thompson , Eli Langer
    But the most significant news to come out of the event is a new security feature on the iPhone 5S called Touch ID, which is an app that allows users to use their fingerprint to access information in their phone. The new function is essentially a fingerprint identity sensor in the home button on the phone that enables users to unlock their device. However, it can also be used as a substitute for passwords when making purchases, including in Apple's iTunes Store. "Your fingerprint is one of the best passwords in the world. It's always with you," said Dan Riccio,...
  • Bloomberg’s Public Housing Fingerprinting Idea Stuns, Infuriates Residents

    08/16/2013 6:58:14 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 106 replies
    CBS ^ | 16 Aug 13 | Staff
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest crime-fighting idea had a lot of people riled up on Friday. The mayor wants to fingerprint more than 600,000 people who live in public housing. He said it would be done to make the projects safer. Bloomberg was responding to questions about Federal Judge Shira Schendlin’s ruling on the stop-and-frisk program when the topic shifted to security and the New York City Housing Authority. Bloomberg said there has to be a way to make the projects safer. “Five percent of our population lives in NYCHA housing, 20 percent of the crime is in NYCHA housing –...
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  • Rally protests ICE fingerprint program (GA)

    08/16/2011 9:00:44 AM PDT · by Dacula · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11:22 a.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2011
    Latino community and immigrant outreach groups plan to rally at the Georgia Democratic Party headquarters in Atlanta to protest a program that gives immigration authorities access to the fingerprints of arrestees. The rally in Atlanta is one of several set for Tuesday at Democratic Party offices around the country. The groups are calling on President Barack Obama to end the Secure Communities program. Opponents of the program say it lands immigrants arrested for investigation of minor violations in detention and erodes their trust in police. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement program is being used in 44 states and nationwide...
  • Applicant Fingerprint processing delay notice (Census workers)

    04/02/2010 12:00:39 PM PDT · by bgill · 13 replies · 760+ views
    Applicant Fingerprint processing delay notice: TXDPS has been notified by the FBI that all Fingerprint based background checks will be temporarily suspended beginning April 28, 2010 - May 3, 2010. The FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) will be working with the U.S. Census Bureau to process more than 484,000 Fingerprints for Census Bureau workers. Beginning May 4, 2010, TXDPS and the FBI will resume processing applicant fingerprints. It is important to note that the backlog of processing the fingerprint based background checks could take an additional two weeks. All applications will processed as quickly as possible once the FBI...
  • Chinese national arrested for manipulating fingerprints to enter Japan

    12/09/2009 9:01:42 PM PST · by Flavius · 4 replies · 481+ views
    mainich ^ | 12/7/09 | mainich
    A Chinese national who is believed to have manipulated her fingerprints to slip past Japan's fingerprint identification system has been arrested for violating the Immigration Control Law, the Metropolitan Police Department's Organized Crime Control Bureau announced on Monday.
  • Leonardo fingerprint reveals $150 million artwork

    10/15/2009 1:26:32 AM PDT · by bogusname · 7 replies · 624+ views
    npr ^ | October 14, 2009 | The Associated Press
    A portrait of a young woman thought to be created by a 19th century German artist and sold two years ago for about $19,000 is now being attributed by art experts to Leonardo da Vinci and valued at more than $150 million. The unsigned chalk, ink and pencil drawing, known as "La Bella Principessa," was matched to Leonardo via a technique more suited to a crime lab than an art studio — a fingerprint and palm print found on the 13 1/2-inch-by-10-inch work. Peter Paul Biro, a Montreal-based forensic art expert, said the print of an index or middle finger...
  • Fingerprint points to $19,000 portrait being revalued as £100m work by Leonardo da Vinci

    10/13/2009 1:57:21 AM PDT · by Stoat · 20 replies · 2,083+ views
    Antiques Trade Gazette ^ | October 12, 2009 | Simon Hewitt
    Art Market Fingerprint points to $19,000 portrait being revalued as £100m work by Leonardo da Vinci 12 October 2009   ATG correspondent SIMON HEWITT gains exclusive access to the evidence used to unveil what the world’s leading scholars say is the the first major Leonardo Da Vinci find for 100 years.   New scientific techniques have uncovered evidence that this picture is a previously unrecognised work by Leonardo da Vinci.  Is this 13 x 9in (33 x 24cm) portrait, in chalk, pen and ink on vellum, mounted on an oak board, a long-lost work by Leonardo da Vinci? That...
  • Gun Sellers Now Required to Provide Fingerprint(NE)

    08/11/2009 8:19:14 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies · 1,317+ views ^ | 19 July, 2009 | Meghan Youker
    OMAHA (KPTM) - A new city ordinance is on the books, requiring second hand gun shops to fingerprint anyone selling a gun. Omaha police say it will help cut violence, by taking illegal weapons off the street. For decades, people selling anything at Mid-City Jewelry and Loan have had to put their finger in ink. It's a city requirement that takes less than five minutes. "We do that on anything that we loan on, whether it's a gun, or a diamond or a TV or a stereo or tools. That's just our process. Always has been," said Don Hoberman, the...
  • Iraqi Crime Scene Investigators Complete Latent Fingerprint Analysis Course

    08/03/2009 4:40:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 237+ views
    BAGHDAD –– Seven Iraqi investigators completed the Latent Fingerprint Analysis Course at the High Institute of the Baghdad Police College, July 29, in preparation for work in crime scene investigation (CSI). The students demonstrated their newly acquired skills to international media present for the graduation ceremony. Students were interviewed about their work in the course and how it has prepared them for future work in CSI. Overwhelming enthusiasm was the order of the day as the students showed their skills in lifting fingerprints off of various types of items, like paper bags, aluminum cans, cotton shirts and pieces of glass....
  • Fingerprinting for gun owners could come to an end in Tenn.

    03/18/2009 5:52:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies · 483+ views ^ | 16 March, 2009 | ANN KEIL
    FOUNTAIN CITY (WATE) -- A 1998 state law that requires gun buyers to provide a fingerprint could soon be a thing of the past. A bill that passed 82-11 in the State House is now headed for the Senate. It says firearms dealers in Tennessee would no longer be required to take thumbprints from people buying a gun. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation asks that gun dealers buy a specific type of ink and also provides them with a thumbprint form, but many local dealers say they're not taught how to accurately take a thumbprint. "I don't know if it...
  • Student Finds Rare Lincoln Fingerprint

    02/23/2009 11:31:52 AM PST · by BGHater · 16 replies · 675+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | 22 Feb 2009 | ScienceDaily
    A student at Miami University has discovered what experts say is a fingerprint belonging to Abraham Lincoln from nearly 150 years ago. Lydia Smith, a first-year psychology major from Granville, Ohio, was transcribing a letter written by Lincoln on Oct. 5, 1863, for a class project when she noticed a smudge that she suspected could be the 16th president’s thumbprint. Lincoln historians have confirmed the print. A student at Miami University has discovered what experts say is a fingerprint belonging to Abraham Lincoln from nearly 150 years ago. The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, a project of the Illinois Historic Preservation...
  • Defeat of fingerprint scanner with tape raises questions about Real ID

    01/31/2009 7:34:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies · 1,595+ views
    Civil Liberties Examiner ^ | 27 January, 2009 | J.D. Tuccille
    The folks at Mythbusters can say "I told you so" now that Japanese authorities have found a 51-year old woman slipping in and out of the country by using a piece of tape to defeat fingerprint scanners. The seemingly simple exploit raises questions about expensive border security systems -- and about the usefulness of the biometric data the federal government wants to incorporate into drivers licenses with its controversial Real ID scheme. The unnamed South Korean bar hostess, whose real fingerprints were on file as that of an illegal alien, bypassed her listing in the database with tape supplied by...
  • UK: Mobile fingerprint scanners plan (handheld units to be issued to every police force in the UK)

    10/27/2008 6:41:16 AM PDT · by Stoat · 5 replies · 271+ views
    Mobile fingerprint scanners plan 27.10.08   Police will be able to check the identities of people in the street using mobile fingerprint scanners.The hand-held devices, no bigger than a BlackBerry smartphone, are being issued to every police force in the UK under a scheme called Mobile Identification At Scene (Midas), according to The Guardian.They will enable officers to scan suspects' fingerprints on the spot and compare them against records on the police national biometric database, Ident1.It is claimed the scanners will save police time and cut the number of wrongful arrests.Currently, officers have to take suspects to custody suites...
  • Post 9/11 dragnet turns up surprises:Biometrics link foreign detainees to arrests in U.S.

    07/06/2008 8:18:11 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 89+ views
    MSNBC ^ | updated 2:49 a.m. ET, Sun., July. 6, 2008 | MSNBC
    Post 9/11 dragnet turns up surprises Biometrics link foreign detainees to arrests in U.S. By Ellen Nakashima The Washington Post updated 2:49 a.m. ET, Sun., July. 6, 2008 In the six-and-a-half years that the U.S. government has been fingerprinting insurgents, detainees and ordinary people in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa, hundreds have turned out to share an unexpected background, FBI and military officials said. They have criminal arrest records in the United States. There was the suspected militant fleeing Somalia who had been arrested on a drug charge in New Jersey. And the man stopped at a checkpoint...
  • Italy To Fingerprint All Roma Gipsy Children

    06/26/2008 2:01:48 PM PDT · by blam · 67 replies · 157+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-26-2008 | Malcolm Moore
    Italy to fingerprint all Roma gipsy children By Malcolm Moore in Rome Last Updated: 9:20PM BST 26/06/2008 Around 80,000 gipsy children are to be fingerprinted by the Italian authorities under a new scheme that has drawn comparisons to the policies of Benito Mussolini. Unicef said it was 'shocked and deeply worried' by Italy's plans to fingerprint all Roma children The Italian government has blamed immigrants, and particularly Roma gipsies, for the country's crime problems. Since Silvio Berlusconi became prime minister in April, gypsy camps in the south and north of the country have been burned by vigilante mobs. The home...
  • Plan to Fingerprint Foreigners Exiting U.S. Is Opposed

    06/22/2008 6:08:16 AM PDT · by kellynla · 6 replies · 94+ views ^ | June 22, 2008 | Spencer S. Hsu
    The airline industry and embassies of 34 countries, including the members of the European Union, are urging the U.S. government to withdraw a plan that would require airlines and cruise lines to collect digital fingerprints of all foreigners before they depart the United States, starting in August 2009. Their opposition could trigger a battle with Congress and the Bush administration, which want the new plan established quickly. Airlines said the change would cost the industry $12.3 billion over 10 years, not $3.5 billion as the Department of Homeland Security estimated in unveiling the proposal in April. Representatives of the nations...
  • Get your German interior minister's fingerprint here[Nice Political Biometric/Hack]

    04/03/2008 2:29:10 AM PDT · by BGHater · 1 replies · 130+ views
    The Register ^ | 30 Mar 2008 | Dan Goodin
    Hacktivists collect fingerprint of fingerprint collector A hacker club has published what it says is the fingerprint of Wolfgang Schauble, Germany's interior minister and a staunch supporter of the collection of citizens' unique physical characteristics as a means of preventing terrorism. In the most recent issue of Die Datenschleuder, the Chaos Computer Club printed the image on a plastic foil that leaves fingerprints when it is pressed against biometric readers. No-one from the Germany-based group has been able to test the foil to see if it can fool a computer into believing it came from Schauble. But the technique has...
  • All visitors to Britain requiring visas have to be fingerprinted from today

    01/14/2008 6:21:52 AM PST · by Stoat · 4 replies · 187+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | January 14, 2008
    All visitors to Britain requiring visas have to be fingerprinted from todayLast updated at 11:47am on 14th January 2008 Fingerprints will be required on all UK visas from now on All visitors to Britain requiring visas will have to be fingerprinted from today.  Immigration Minister Liam Byrne said a programme for installing biometric visa controls has been completed three months ahead of schedule. He said: "It is done three months early and it is done several million pounds under budget. "We now check everybody's fingerprint wherever they apply for a visa around the world." Mr Byrne said the new system...
  • Japan detains 5 with new fingerprint entry checks

    11/21/2007 5:37:57 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 99+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/21/07
    Japan detains 5 with new fingerprint entry checks Wed Nov 21, 12:59 AM ET Fingerprint checks on foreigners arriving in Japan matched five people to an immigration blacklist on the first day, the Justice Ministry said on Wednesday. Biometric scanning of almost all foreigners entering Japan was introduced on Tuesday, sparking anger among long-term residents, businesspeople and human rights campaigners. The five individuals' fingerprints came up on a list containing around 800,000 names including Interpol suspects and people deported from Japan in the past, the ministry said. It refused to give any details of the five people or say which...
  • New fingerprint analysis identifies smokers [also, avid coffee drinker or drug addict]

    05/18/2007 2:05:18 PM PDT · by bedolido · 7 replies · 410+ views ^ | 5-18-2007 | Paul Marks
    Images that show how fingerprints can be used to reveal whether you are a smoker, an avid coffee drinker or even a drug addict have been revealed by UK scientists. They were produced using a novel forensic technique that could in future be used on fingerprints collected at a crime scene. If the prints in question are not on file, this would still give police a powerful way to shrink their pool of suspects, by identifying their lifestyle habits. The technique was developed by a team of forensics experts at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, and King's...
  • Speeding: Now you will be finger printed (Great Britain)

    11/21/2006 10:50:39 PM PST · by Stoat · 27 replies · 670+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | November 22, 2006 | STEVE DOUGHTY
    Speeding: Now you will be finger printedby STEVE DOUGHTY Last updated at 00:17am on 22nd November 2006    . Motorists pulled over by police face the threat of being fingerprinted from today - further inflaming fears over the growth of the Big Brother culture.They will be asked to use a hand-held fingerprint reader which will check their identity against the 6.5million recorded prints of crime suspects. Although the scheme, to be tried out by ten police forces, will be voluntary at first, the Government has admitted it is considering making it compulsory. It would work in the same way...
  • Millions of children to be fingerprinted

    08/01/2006 10:26:36 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 30 replies · 703+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | July 30, 2006 | Jamie Doward
    British children, possibly as young as six, will be subjected to compulsory fingerprinting under European Union rules being drawn up in secret. The prints will be stored on a database which could be shared with countries around the world. The prospect has alarmed civil liberties groups who fear it represents a 'sea change' in the state's relationship with children and one that may lead to juveniles being erroneously accused of crimes. Under laws being drawn up behind closed doors by the European Commission's 'Article Six' committee, which is composed of representatives of the European Union's 25 member states, all children...
  • Fingerprint ID helping to combat identity theft

    07/03/2006 2:53:37 PM PDT · by APRPEH · 13 replies · 431+ views
    WNDU ^ | 07/03/2006 | UNATTRIBUTED
    Identity theft has become a billion dollar global problem. Now however, there is a new strategy based on a very old way of accurately identifying someone. Forget pictures, forget badges, even passwords; all you need is literally, at your fingertips. The device from Digital Defense can hold all your personal information, and protects it using your fingerprint. For example, your credit card company decides to utilize the new technology. Therefore, the next time you make a purchase, you would have to place your finger onto the card reader. A green light means a go; your purchase will go through. If...
  • First Biometric Reader Installed In Florida Business

    06/21/2006 7:41:04 AM PDT · by ritewingwarrior · 17 replies · 531+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | June 20, 2006 | MARK ALBRIGHT
    TAMPA - Customers can pay with cash, plastic or their index finger at a new Coast to Coast Family Convenience store here. Taking a big step beyond the ease of the Mobil SpeedPass, Coast to Coast has installed what's claimed as Florida's first biometric payment system. There are no cards or PIN numbers to remember. Just stick your finger in the scanner and be on your way. While applications are available to process credit and store loyalty card transactions by fingerprint, this one is limited to processing only debit account transactions. "People either love it or think it's a sign...
  • Japan: Lower house OKs bill to fingerprint, photograph foreigners

    03/30/2006 9:26:20 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 470+ views
    Lower house OKs bill to fingerprint, photograph foreigners Thursday, March 30, 2006 at 14:37 EST TOKYO — The House of Representatives on Thursday approved by a majority vote a bill revising the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law to fingerprint and photograph all foreign visitors as part of its campaign to fight terrorism. The legislation will be sent to the House of Councillors and is expected to be enacted during the current Diet session due to end June 19. The bill stipulates that foreigners entering Japan must present personal identification data in electromagnetic format, such as fingerprints, photographs and other...
  • Is That a Finger or a Jell-O Mold?

    12/23/2005 9:51:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 934+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 20, 2005 | ERIC DASH
    Identity thieves are always looking for new ways to pry out personal information, from trolling through trash cans to phishing for bank accounts online. But here is one method they may not have tried: using fake fingers made from Play-Doh and gelatin, or taking digits from a cadaver's hand. In a study, researchers at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., tested 66 fake fingers to see if they could outwit biometric devices, which identify individuals based on the physiological properties of their fingerprints or other body parts. The fake fingers went undetected more than half the time. "Even if it comes...
  • Marine artist leaves fingerprint on world

    11/22/2005 3:50:44 PM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 629+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 22, 2005 | Cpl. Heidi E. Loredo
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Nov. 22, 2005) -- Before he found fame as the artist who painted the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo was simply known as Michel. Michelangelo left a mark in the world of creativity that will never be imitated. Corporal Willie M. Rockward, armorer, II Marine Headquarters Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), strives to do the same with his lifelong passion in art. Rockward, 24, beamed with creativity and imagination, became interested in comic books for their artistic styles and drawings as he grew older. “I followed the artists,” said the Houston native. “Some people bought the whole comic...
  • Never forget Hillary's attempt at Hillarycare. (caption this classic pic)

    10/19/2005 10:35:05 AM PDT · by lotsaguns · 52 replies · 2,653+ views
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  • SJC [Mass. Supremes] to hear arguments on banning fingerprint evidence

    09/05/2005 6:19:53 AM PDT · by cloud8 · 23 replies · 609+ views ^ | September 5, 2005 | By Jonathan Saltzman, Globe Staff
    [Fingerprint evidence,] the bedrock forensic science has been under intense scrutiny recently as a result of a series of high-profile errors by fingerprint examiners around the country, one of which led to the imprisonment of an innocent Boston man after a false match tied him to the shooting of a police sergeant. Some critics say fingerprint analysis isn't even a science. Now the controversy is coming before the highest court in Massachusetts. The Supreme Judicial Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday about whether to quash key fingerprint evidence in the case of Terry L. Patterson, who is being retried...
  • 'Bury bad news' claim on ID cards

    06/23/2005 10:26:39 AM PDT · by David Hunter · 8 replies · 473+ views
    BBC ^ | 6/23/05 | unattributed
    Opposition MPs have accused Leader of the Commons Geoff Hoon of trying to "bury bad news at sea" in timing a debate on ID cards when many are away. The first vote on the government's controversial scheme is on Tuesday, the same day many MPs will mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. Conservatives said many would find it hard to attend and said coverage would be overshadowed by celebrations. Mr Hoon argued MPs could attend both events, as he intended to do. 'Conspiracy theorising' Next week's debate will be the second reading of the bill and the...
  • Blair defends identity card plan

    05/25/2005 12:33:54 PM PDT · by David Hunter · 7 replies · 503+ views
    BBC ^ | 5/25/05 | unattributed
    ID cards are needed to stop the soaring costs of identity theft, Prime Minister Tony Blair has said as proposals for a national scheme were reintroduced. The plan is for cards to be phased in from 2008, and made compulsory later. The Conservatives have now decided they will join the Lib Dems and some Labour in opposing the measure. Critics claim Mr Blair is highlighting ID theft as his other reasons for the cards have not won support. The cost of the scheme has risen since November. Passport costs The Home Office will not put a figure on the cost...
  • Ill. Library Getting Fingerprint Scanners

    05/22/2005 4:53:05 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 345+ views
    AP ^ | May 21, 2005
    Ill. Library Getting Fingerprint Scanners May 21, 2005 NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Library officials in this suburb west of Chicago have come up with a high-tech solution for keeping unauthorized visitors from using their computers: fingerprint scans. The scanners - to be installed on 130 library computers this summer - will verify the identity of computer users. Library officials said they wanted to tighten computer access because many people borrow library cards and pass codes from friends or family to log on. The technology also will help the library implement a new policy that allows parents to put filters on...
  • Microsoft Fingerprint Reader Demo

    03/20/2005 7:20:28 PM PST · by lowbridge · 9 replies · 356+ views
    Netflix Sighting: Microsoft Fingerprint Reader Demo Monkeyboy noticed that Microsoft used Netflix as an example Web site in a Flash-based demo for their fingerprint reader product. This product enables you to log into your Netflix account by running your finger over the pad. Very cool.
  • Big Brother Alert! WV to Fingerprint All (your papers, please!)

    03/11/2005 3:29:20 PM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 31 replies · 1,092+ views
    Business Wire ^ | 03/01/2005 | Wire
    March 01, 2005 11:00 AM US Eastern Timezone West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Awards Contract to Viisage for A Leading Edge, Multi-Biometric Drivers' License BILLERICA, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 1, 2005--   West Virginia Setting New Standard for Internal Controls and Drivers' License Security Designed to Improve Homeland Security and Protect Citizen's Identity   Viisage (Nasdaq: VISG), a leading provider of advanced technology identity solutions, today announced that after a thorough evaluation of competitive offerings, the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles selected Viisage for the design and implementation of the State's new drivers' license. The new State license will include finger...

    02/09/2005 11:14:24 AM PST · by FreeMarket1 · 89 replies · 1,080+ views ^ | Feb 09, 2005 | by Michael J. Ross
    PAYMENT BY FINGERPRINT - A GOOD THING?Feb 09, 2005 - FreeMarketNews.comby Michael J. RossWhile politicians in Washington, DC dream up new ways to collect our fingerprints and our tax payments, free-market participants in Washington state are putting into practice a new method that makes it easy for shoppers to use their fingerprints to pay for purchases. Thriftway (, a grocery chain which bills itself as "Washington's Food Store", is seeing greater acceptance of a payment system developed by Pay By Touch (, and first deployed in its Seattle location during 2002. Each shopper at their stores is now able to...
  • U.S. Asking China to Press North Korea to End Its Nuclear Program(more on uranium flap)

    02/09/2005 6:29:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 360+ views
    NYT ^ | 02/09/05 | DAVID E. SANGER and WILLIAM J. BROAD
    February 9, 2005 U.S. Asking China to Press North Korea to End Its Nuclear Program By DAVID E. SANGER and WILLIAM J. BROAD WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 - Driven by new evidence that North Korea may have begun selling nuclear materials around the world, President Bush sent an emissary last week to see President Hu Jintao of China and urge him to intensify diplomatic pressure on the North to give up its weapons program, according to senior American and Asian officials. The emissary, Michael Green, delivered a letter from Mr. Bush to Mr. Hu that, in the words of one American...
  • UK police fingerprint system collapses [England, Wales police unable to check prints since Nov 24]

    12/02/2004 2:08:01 PM PST · by Mike Fieschko · 6 replies · 369+ views
    Security Focus ^ | Dec 2, 2004 | John Leyden
    Computer problems have left police forces in England and Wales unable to run national fingerprint checks for more than a week. All 43 forces in England and Wales, including London's Metropolitan Police, were affected by a software bug, which disrupted connections to the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (Nafis) since the early hours of Wednesday, 24 November. The exact cause of the problem remains unclear and will become the subject of an audit once services are fully restored. Nafis is run for the Police IT Organisation (PITO) by Northrop Grumman. A spokesman for PITO said that service was restored to...
  • National Sheriffs Deploy BIO-Key Fingerprint Authentication in First Phase of Pegasus Program

    09/07/2004 11:03:34 PM PDT · by Eagle9 · 6 replies · 374+ views
    TechWeb - PRNewsire ^ | September 7, 2004 | Unedited news and product information from vendors
    MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BIO-key International, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: BKYI) , a leader in finger-based biometric identification and wireless public safety solutions, today announced that the Pegasus Program, a nationwide information sharing system designed by and for the Nation's Sheriffs, has implemented the first phase of BIO-key's state-of-the-art WEB-key fingerprint authentication system. The Pegasus Program is deploying approximately 1,100 fingerprint access authentication devices for 220 Sheriffs' offices in the first phase of this project. Plans are in place to expand the rollout to over 3,000 Sheriffs' offices nationwide, as well as local law enforcement and first responder agency partners....
  • Passport ID Technology Has High Error Rate (they want your fingerprints, iris scans, et al)

    08/05/2004 11:55:59 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 6 replies · 406+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | August 6, 2004 | Jonathan Krim
    The State Department is moving ahead with a plan to implant electronic identification chips in U.S. passports that will allow computer matching of facial characteristics, despite warnings that the technology is prone to a high rate of error. • Google Offers Post-IPO Scenario • 2004 Interactive Laptop Guide • Personal Tech Special Report • Today in Photos -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Search news on Missed Tech Tuesday? Running software updates can help plug gaping security holes. Plus, preview the anticipated Windows Service Pack 2. Federal researchers, academics, industry experts and some privacy advocates say the government should instead use more-reliable fingerprints to...

    06/22/2004 8:57:52 PM PDT · by dixie sass · 31 replies · 264+ views
    Buyer Must Fingerprint Seller, Says Proposed California Bill, but What about eBay? By David S. Smith SACRAMENTO, CALIF. - A current bill before California lawmakers aimed at curtailing the trafficking of stolen merchandise could seriously hamper the antiques and fine art trade throughout the Golden State. Proposed regulations for dealers and auctioneers are stringent. Included are such drastic measures as taking a fingerprint from everyone that they buy or take consignments from for items exceeding $250 in value. Dealers and auction houses will also be required to report all purchases of $250 or more to police within 24 hours, and...
  • Arrest in Madrid blast doesn't dim faith (Muslim Brandon Mayfield)

    05/14/2004 2:05:26 PM PDT · by ValerieUSA · 33 replies · 284+ views
    chicago tribune via yahoo ^ | May 14, 2004 | Colleen Mastony
    <p>In a tiny meeting cubicle at Multnomah County Detention Center, AvNell Mayfield watched as her son Brandon sat in blue prison scrubs, tried to touch his wife's hand through a heavy glass partition and spoke in reassuring tones through a telephone receiver attached to the wall.</p>

    01/06/2004 1:58:15 AM PST · by kattracks · 14 replies · 189+ views
    New York Post ^ | 1/06/04 | NILES LATHEM and HEATHER GILMORE
    <p>January 6, 2004 -- The United States launched a new program that scans fingerprints and takes photographs of millions of foreign visitors at Kennedy and other airports yesterday, hoping the high-tech measures will help prevent terrorists from entering the country. The $368 million identity-check program - called US-VISIT, or U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology - started smoothly at Kennedy as foreign arrivals told The Post they found the process relatively hassle-free and a small price to pay in times of terrorist threats.</p>
  • Brazil Starts Fingerprinting U.S. Travelers

    01/01/2004 12:49:52 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 26 replies · 168+ views
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 1/01/04 | Al-Reuters
    Brazil Starts Fingerprinting U.S. Travelers 36 minutes ago Add Top Stories - Reuters to My Yahoo! BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian (news - web sites) police on Thursday began fingerprinting and photographing U.S. visitors on orders of a judge who compared planned U.S. security controls on travelers from Brazil and other nations to Nazi horrors. Related Links • US-VISIT Program ( Federal Judge Julier Sebastiao da Silva, furious at U.S. plans to fingerprint and photograph millions of visitors on entering the United States, ordered Brazil's authorities do the same to U.S. citizens starting on Thursday. "We've begun doing this," said...
  • Thumbs up in the search for Saddam (British foundry has mold of Saddam’s thumbprint)

    07/29/2003 7:30:08 AM PDT · by dead · 4 replies · 226+ views
    Images of the Hands of Victory Arch flashed across the world as US tanks rolled into Baghdad in April. But, writes Keith Austin, few realise the 40-tonne monument contains a top-level secret. They seek him here, they seek him there, those Yankees seek him everywhere. But given that every second male in Iraq looks like him, what will the allies use to identify Saddam Hussein (or what's left of him) if they ever do find him? Well, there's the DNA sample the Americans say they have, or perhaps they could simply use the plastic moulds of his thumbprint that have...