Biometric Data Breach Could Link Your Face to Illegal Activities

Aug. 16, 2019, 3:31 PM

The nature of how organizations capture and store the public’s biometric data, such as fingerprints and images of faces, came under renewed scrutiny this week by security experts and regulators.

Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office said it was opening an investigation into the use of facial-recognition camera technology at London’s Kings Cross development. It followed revelations on Aug. 14 that millions of pieces of personal biometric data may have leaked from a popular security service.

“Scanning people’s faces as they lawfully go about their daily lives, in order to identify them, is a potential threat to privacy that should concern us...

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