Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms

Fingerprints, facial recognition and other personal information from Biostar 2 discovered on publicly accessible databaseThe fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames and passwords, and pers…

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NatWest trials fingerprint debit cards to remove £30 limit

Contactless card that stores owner’s fingerprint could mean an end to typing in pinBank customers will be able to spend more than £30 using contactless cards and could never again have to remember their four-digit pin if a fingerprint technology trial …

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TSB plans to unlock bank accounts with the blink of an eye

Bank customers will be able to use iris recognition software on some Samsung Galaxy phones to log into their accounts from September

TSB is to introduce iris recognition as a way for customers to unlock its bank app and access their accounts, making it the first in Europe to use this form of biometric technology.

From September, TSB customers with a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ will be able to use the phone’s built-in iris scanner to log into their account on the mobile app by glancing at their phone, instead of inputting an ID and password.

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Fingerprint payments prompt privacy fears in India

After India’s banknote ban, private companies are using the country’s biometric database to bring financial services to millions

For two years, Indian officials have been trawling the country, from city slums to unelectrified villages, zapping eyeballs, scanning fingerprints and taking photographs.

Last month, Indian shoppers started to see the results. With the launch of a government-backed fingerprint payment system, tied to India’s growing biometric data bank, registered citizens can – in theory at least – now pay for things with the touch of a finger.

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Fingerprint payments prompt privacy fears in India

After India’s banknote ban, private companies are using the country’s biometric database to bring financial services to millions

For two years, Indian officials have been trawling the country, from city slums to unelectrified villages, zapping eyeballs, scanning fingerprints and taking photographs.

Last month, Indian shoppers started to see the results. With the launch of a government-backed fingerprint payment system, tied to India’s growing biometric data bank, registered citizens can – in theory at least – now pay for things with the touch of a finger.

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Surveillance state: fingerprinting pupils raises safety and privacy concerns

More than a million students have handed over fingerprints to enhance security and ease admin but how safe is the data and what is it being used for?

School lunch lines in the UK can be fraught: students receiving free lunches may not want their peers to know, lost payment cards mean some go without, and code-based payments leave children at risk of “shoulder surfing”, where others spot their number and use it to buy their own meal.

Fingerprint scanners are being presented as one solution for doing away with this stress. They can be linked to online payments, making busy lunchtimes easier and faster, plus it will save schools from printing ID cards.

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Bank branch use falls 6% as customers embrace digital advances

Industry report says phone calls to banks have also declined sharply with smartphones and tablets predicted to overtake use of branches this yearThe use of bank branches fell by 6% last year as customers channelled more transactions over phone networks…

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