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Cameras know you by your walk. By Jim Giles EVERYONE knows how easy it is to recognise a friend or family member from their walk – even from a distance.

Cameras know you by your walk

But despite more than three decades of research, using gait analysis as a biometric has never taken off. Until now, perhaps. Recent advances in the accuracy of automated gait recognition suggest the technology could soon form the basis for a new generation of security systems. Gait analysis has attracted attention because of the shortcomings of other biometric security techniques. In one leading technique, known as the gait energy image, computer vision techniques use video images of a person to create a blurred silhouette that is characteristic of their gait.

Half of Americans in ‘virtual lineup’ face-recognition police programs – study — RT America. To help identify a culprit, police may ask people to volunteer to be in a line-up.

Half of Americans in ‘virtual lineup’ face-recognition police programs – study — RT America

But that scenario is fast becoming obsolete, as more than 117 million Americans are now part of face-recognition software programs used by law enforcement, a study finds. Your insurer wants to know everything about you. Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Four things health insurers would like to track.

Your insurer wants to know everything about you

Government Requesting DNA From "Private" Databases - #NewWorldNextWeek. Facebook photos could be taken for use in national biometric database – officials. Images harvested from social media sites such as Facebook could be part of the latest counter-terrorism measures, the attorney general’s department has confirmed.

Facebook photos could be taken for use in national biometric database – officials

In September, the justice minister, Michael Keenan, announced that the federal government would spend $18.5m to develop the national facial biometric matching capability, known simply as “the capability”. Under questioning in Senate estimates on Tuesday night, senior officials from the attorney general’s department said that photos could be pulled from social media sites and used in the new system. On the Creation of Giant Voiceprint Databases.

Defcon 18 - Facial Recognition: Facts, Fiction, and Fsck-ups. Nationwide Biometric Database Goes Live. Despite the FBI already having been sued by privacy groups amid plans for a nationwide biometric database, it has officially gone live.

Nationwide Biometric Database Goes Live

The Next Generation Identification system will eventually include iris scans, facial recognition, and a range of other biometric identifiers that are collated into a central database for real-time sharing at all levels of law enforcement and government agencies. As suspected, what began as a border control initiative has now expanded to include everyone. As the video report below highlights, this billion-dollar program was spearheaded by Lockheed Martin, and will invariably include images of even non-suspects in one great sweeping dragnet of digital surveillance. The fact that Lockheed Martin was involved in developing the program should signal heightened concern given their integral role in drone technology.

Deepface : closing the gap in human level performance in face recognition. Facecrook: NSA storing your facial web images, millions intercepted daily. Reuters / Mario Anzuoni The National Security Agency is collecting millions of images of people through its international surveillance network to be implemented in a number of other facial recognition programs, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

Facecrook: NSA storing your facial web images, millions intercepted daily

Read Snowden’s comments on 9/11 that NBC didn’t broadcast. N.S.A. Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images. One N.S.A.

N.S.A. Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images

PowerPoint presentation from 2011, for example, displays several photographs of an unidentified man — sometimes bearded, other times clean-shaven — in different settings, along with more than two dozen data points about him. These include whether he was on the Transportation Security Administration no-fly list, his passport and visa status, known associates or suspected terrorist ties, and comments made about him by informants to American intelligence agencies. It is not clear how many people around the world, and how many Americans, might have been caught up in the effort.

Neither federal privacy laws nor the nation’s surveillance laws provide specific protections for facial images. Never Forgetting a Face. Now an industry consultant, Dr.

Never Forgetting a Face

NGI program

What Will You Do When You Can No Longer Buy Or Sell Without Submitting To Biometric Identification? In some areas of the world, payment systems that require palm scanning or face scanning are already being tested.

What Will You Do When You Can No Longer Buy Or Sell Without Submitting To Biometric Identification?

We have entered an era where biometric security is being hailed as the “solution” to the antiquated security methods of the past. We are being promised that the constant problems that hackers are causing with our credit cards, bank accounts, ATM machines and Internet passwords will all go away once we switch over to biometric identification. O'Farrell backs school fingerprinting. NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has backed the right of schools to use fingerprint scanners to track whether kids are skipping class.

O'Farrell backs school fingerprinting

Several public schools are using hi-tech scanners to record when students enter and leave school across the state. "I think that's a good thing because it reflects our policy of 'local schools, local decisions', which enables schools to make decisions that meet the needs of their communities," Mr O'Farrell told reporters on Friday Asked whether he had any privacy concerns, the premier said the decision to use the technology was ultimately a matter for individual schools. "If school communities want to make decisions, whether about the opening hours of schools or whether about these sorts of issues, I'm happy to back them," Mr O'Farrell said.