I have been talking about the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for almost two years. The regulation sets out a single set of rules for all companies operating in the EU. These rules were developed to provide people with greater control over their personal data and incentivize organizations to make meaningful changes to how they collect, process, and store that data. The GDPR is also the reason why you received so many emails last spring from sites that you visit and newsletters that you subscribe to asking you to update your information.
Facial recognition technology is facing a blitz of negative media with wormhole-like theories that this technology results in mass surveillance, destroys anonymity, and will forever change the way people behave in public. Advocates of this theory are calling for federal privacy regulation that will give a face a right of privacy it has never had […]
The majority of Californians agree that license plate reader (LPR)technology helps law enforcement solve crimes and any restrictions on who can photograph license plates would be unacceptable, according to a new poll conducted by Zogby Analytics and commissioned by Vigilant Solutions. The poll of 800 California residents, conducted during the first week in April, showed […]
Email | Comment Share Imageware Systems Inc. 10883 Thornmint Rd. San Diego, CA, 92127 USA Press release date: February 24, 2014 Clever Mobility Products Track Gaze, Power the Internet of Things, Locate Loved Ones, Speed Mobile App Development, Broaden Social Media BARCELONA, Spain — ShowStoppers @ MWC 2014 – ImageWare Systems, Inc. (OTCQB: IWSY) (IWS), a leader in mobile and cloud-based, Multi-modal biometric identity management solutions, has today announced that it has been selected as an Innovation and Design Award Winner, 2014 for its Biometric Engine® (BE) a patented, real-time, high performance, Cloud enabled Multi-modal biometric database. Visit ImageWare at Booth at MWC 7K08 Hall 7, mobile payment pavilion. After three weeks of careful deliberation by five judges in North America and Europe, industry research firm Envisioneering recognized eleven companies for thirteen innovations which break new ground in technologies for improving work, home and play. Envisioneering judges selected the winners of the Innovation Design Awards from more than 30 companies who launched new products during ShowStoppers, the product showcase event for journalists at GSMA’s Mobile World Congress, Barcelona. The winners spanned from clever, efficient protocols which link the Internet of Things, to iOS and Android app toolkits to personal protection and peace of mind monitors for family members to biometric and eye control and log-in tools and products. "The companies represented among this year’s winners are stepping up their tempo and pace of innovation," said Richard Doherty, Envisioneering’s Research Director and lead Judge. "With a keen focus on […]
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/02/technology/when-no-one-is-just-a-face-in-the-crowd.html?_r=1 Fitbit, Nike, and Garmin could sell your personal fitness data without your permission: Fitness-minded Americans have started wearing sporty wrist-band devices that track tons of data: Weight, mile splits, steps taken per day, sleep quality, sexual activity , calories burned—sometimes, even GPS location . People use this data to keep track of their health, and are able send the information to various websites and apps. But this sensitive, personal data could end up in the hands of corporations looking to target these users with advertising, get credit ratings, or determine insurance rates. In other words, that device could start spying on you—and the Federal Trade Commission is worried. "Health data from [a woman’s] connected device, may be collected and then sold to data brokers and other companies she does not know exist," Jessica Rich, director of the Bureau for Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, said in a speech on Tuesday for Data Privacy Day . "These companies could use her information to market other products and services to her; make decisions about her eligibility for credit, employment, or insurance; and share with yet other companies. And many of these companies may not maintain reasonable safeguards to protect the data they maintain about her." Several major US-based fitness device companies contacted by Mother Jones —Fitbit, Garmin, and Nike—say they don’t sell personally identifiable information collected from fitness devices. But privacy advocates warn that the policies of these firms could allow them to sell data. When you buy one of these bracelets or clip-on devices, you have […]