Biometric Scanning

Working towards the mandatory ‘Mark, Number of Name’ in order to buy or sell; Biometrics adoption for touchless payments and pandemic recovery grows despite critical voices

Revelation 13:16-17 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

5G + Biometric Facial/Hand Scanning + Digital/Cashless Transactions + Mark of Approval/Authorization = Tomorrow’s Economy (2020)

Biometric scanning used for migrant/border control, secure identity verification and approval, government benefits, domestic and international travel security, economic inclusion of everyone, buying/selling transactions and fund transfers, instantaneous speed of transaction and convenience, VAT/taxation collection, mobility, social credit score and ranking, population movement and tracking, monitoring political and religious ‘extremism’ (terrorists). ‘Mark, number or name’ for verification and approval.

Working towards the mandatory ‘Mark, Number of Name’ in order to buy or sell; Biometrics adoption for touchless payments and pandemic recovery grows despite critical voices

Aug 1, 2020 | Chris Burt Biometric Update

Biometric payments and facial recognition joined pandemic recovery among the common threads in the week’s top biometrics news. Digital health credentials are going into use, and biometrics for touchless payments and airport procedures are being deployed in order to keep people from professional hockey players to baristas safe at work.

Big league hockey is back in action with support from Clear’s facial biometrics-based digital health credential, which will be used to control access and prevent the spread of COVID-19 among players and staff, and a theatre production in London is restarting rehearsals using FRANKD, as the most widely-read article of the week on Biometric Update explains. Privacy International calls the whole concept of digital health credentials a “looming disaster.”

The latest wave of body temperature scanning systems developed to help business reopen safely bring the market to 170 different companies. ISS, ICTS-WebClock and Allsee have launched new technologies, while Digital Ally has received an order from a distributor, and deployments have been reported in Ohio and Columbia.

Airports in Brazil, the U.S. and UK have launched or looked into biometric technologies to support safe traveler journeys, and experts from Securiport, Amadeus, IATA and Innovatrics say adopting facial recognition will be important for the future of aviation.

Many facial recognition providers have suggested their technology accurately identifies people wearing masks, but even the top-performing algorithms tested by NIST had error rates of at least 5 percent in 1:1 matching, and some otherwise effective algorithms fared much worse. False positives were relatively stable, and NIST plans to evaluate newer algorithms with masked faces in the future.

A proposed ordinance to broadly ban facial recognition use proposed in Portland includes misinformation and an inaccurate definition of the biometric technology, according to a comment submitted by the IBIA. The definition is different than in the legislation that has been passed by other state or local governments, and the ban is significantly wider in scope.

NtechLab Head of R&D and Co-founder Artem Kukharenko tells Biometric Update in an interview that the reason his company’s facial recognition algorithms perform well with different demographics and in challenging situations is because of the thought and work it has put into solving the practical issues facing customers. He urges the industry to focus on real-world problems to deliver on the beneficial promise of biometrics.

The Stanford Daily takes a look at the university’s decision to remove the BrainWash database from its public online archives. Among points raised in the article is that because the data was taken from a public internet source, rather than collected directly by researchers from subjects, some privacy guidelines did not apply.

The use of facial recognition by U.S. retail chain Rite Aid is investigated by Reuters, which finds the company deployed the system more often to stores in poor areas or those with more ethnic minorities, and some loss prevention officers suggested it regularly misidentified people. The company had a DeepCam system implemented until recently, and had previously used FaceFirst, as far back as 2012.

Fingerprint Cards has been granted a patent for a hybrid capacitive and optical fingerprint sensor, which could perform one kind of scan in some situations, like low power mode, and the other to meet different requirements. The broad description suggests implementation in peripherals, notebook or desktop computers, or mobile devices.

A coffee shop in Romania has launched touchless biometric payments with facial recognition provided by PayByFace. The system is being offered in Bucharest during a three-month initial phase, during which the company will finetune it, but work on an international expansion has already begun.

UnionPay has launched 3DS authentication to its online payments business to support biometrics and other technologies. The company has already made inroads in Italy and believes it will reach 50 (5) international payments organizations this year.

Biometrics, specifically facial recognition, are being rapidly adopted by banks to reduce fraud in authentication, but they must be implemented carefully to avoid a landscape increasingly littered with draconian regulations, David J. Oberly of Blank Rome LLP writes for CeFPro Magazine. Oberly reviews the legal landscape and several steps financial institutions can take to protect themselves from compliance risks and build customer trust.

The combination of biometrics and tokenization is gaining popularity in the cybersecurity field, and VeriTran VP of Digital Solutions Greynier Fuentes writes for Biometric Update in a guest post that it can be the answer to the dramatic spike in fraud experienced during the pandemic.

Unum ID Business Development Associate Katie Lu suggests in a guest post that a decentralized identity system would have prevented the hack that embarrassed Twitter in mid-July, with several of the platforms most popular accounts compromised at once. Decentralization prevents attacks from scaling the same way, and effectively neutralizes social engineering, Lu writes.

The guest post from Evernym on iRespond’s project to give privacy-preserving identity proof to stateless people with iris biometrics also continued to be widely-read this week.

Government officials in The Gambia and Kenya are seeking answers on national identity programs, while Vodocom lost three-quarters of a million subscribers when SIMs not registered with the owner’s biometrics were disconnected. On the more positive side, Liberia has developed a way to allow citizens to easily check their COVID-19 status, and Mauritius says its safe city facial recognition system is still functioning effectively with residents wearing masks.

A new post from Yoti Identity Fellow Paz Bernaldo explores some problematic aspects of Argentina’s Emergency Family Income Payment (IFE), which excludes those without a valid National Identity Card even as the payment helps others to meet their basic needs. The latest post from Identity Fellow Tshepo Magoma examines identity theft in South Africa’s Western Cape, where despite relatively high Smart ID Card adoption, fraudsters are taking advantage of lockdown restrictions. The high identity theft rates are leading some organizations to turn to biometrics to verify individuals’ identity where government documents are failing.

Both fellows note the expansion of digital identity as an outcome of COVID-19 relief efforts, and Yoti Head of Social Purpose Ken Banks writes for ICTworks about some of the specific new ways digital identities are helping organizations.

With wearables capable of collecting and transmitting biometric data like heartrate in real-time, and betting markets setting odds for any piece of sports data available, a pair of attorneys for Jenner & Block consider the possibility of betting on athlete biometrics for The Hollywood Reporter. Collective bargaining agreements and privacy laws differ depending on the league and jurisdiction, but commercial agreements involving biometric data have already been reached, so the complicated regulatory landscape may be navigable if enough money is involved.

The pandemic has increased surveillance by both governments and corporations, the Asia & The Pacific Policy Society writes. Leveraging data with proper checks and balances in place will require what the article calls “souveillance,” a French concept meaning roughly ‘surveillance from below.’

In His Service,

Night Watchman

Paul Rolland

Night Watchman Ministries

Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!

Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:

The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)

A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.

. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).

. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).

B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.

. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.

. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).

. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).

. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).

. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).

. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).

. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).

. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).

. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).

. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).

True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:

 Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

Romans 12:19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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