Category Archive: Biometrics

Why Transhumanism will be a blight on humanity and why it must be opposed

  Sciences such as bionics, robotics and neural-prosthetics have moved in the space of thirty years from being potential aids to human life, to a philosophical – almost a religious – futurist movement that aims to replace the natural human condition. In this article, Professor Dr Sarah Spiekermann argues that this movement has become dangerous …

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MasterCard will begin trials of face recognition software to authorize payments – let the travesty begin!

By Simon Davies In its continuing effort to crack down on fraud, MasterCard has announced ambitious plans to trial a new program that approves online purchases using facial scans. The program is scheduled to begin in the US this Fall and – if successful – could be rolled out globally. Company executives told CNN Money …

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Google pulls the plug on face recognition apps – for now

By Simon Davies Last week the Privacy Surgeon published a critical piece alerting readers to a new app that would have turned Google Glass into an automated face recognition device. The article warned that the new software would irrevocably shift the Glass product to “the dark side” and that there were serious inherent dangers in …

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In the blink of an eye, Google Glass has just shifted to the dark side

By Simon Davies Last week a California start-up – Lambda Labs – announced that it is about to release a face recognition app for Google Glass. With this simple innovation the wearable technology has been transformed from a cool gizmo into a privacy quagmire. Facial recognition is a digital “biometric” technique that scans a face …

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Gene Genie – your genome may soon be on a smartphone app

By Simon Davies This week’s New Scientist reports on a smartphone app that will allow you to carry around an encrypted copy of your genome. The magazine notes that with prices for DNA sequencing falling fast, this app may not be as futuristic as it sounds. The app – named Genodroid – is being developed …

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How a United Nations agency buried a security report that warned of potential genocide

By Simon Davies This is the previously untold story of how a United Nations agency decided to bury internal research findings that warned of grave security risks to vulnerable people in its care – even to the extent of the threat of genocide – and how that agency continues to ignore those warnings. In telling …

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Europe launches its strategy to fingerprint the world

By Simon Davies After a decade of planning, Europe has embarked on the first phase of its ambition to create a fully integrated automated border crossing (ABC) system for arrivals and departures throughout the region. The outcome could well be that hundreds of millions of EU residents and visitors will be fingerprinted and their faces …

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