Daily Archives: September 28, 2010


Ellen Messmer writes in the US publication Network World: A lengthy review of the general state of biometrics raises questions about the reliability, accuracy and scalability of these technologies, as well as whether they have the public’s trust. The 183-page report, “Biometric Recognition: Challenges and Opportunities,” is the culmination of a multi-year study done by a committee under the [US] National Research Council (NRC), which receives federal funding and issues reports to advise government on scientific and technical matters. This NRC biometrics committee, chaired by HP Labs distinguished scientist Joseph Pato, with its membership drawn from industry, academia and the analyst community, late last week published a withering critique of biometrics that is getting slammed by some in the industry. “Biometrics recognition has been applied to identification of criminals, patient tracking and medical informatics, and the personalization of social services, among other things,” the NRC report states. “In spite of […]

National Research Council report on biometrics raises hard questions, ire


SA Mathieson writes on the Kable web site: The ICO said that Devon and Cornwall Police was correct in refusing to provide the location of automatic numberplate recognition cameras (ANPR) that it ran in its area following a Freedom of Information request by Kable. However, in a decision notice published on 23 September 2010, it said the force had failed to comply with procedural requirements of the request in refusing to publish the information. “The public interest was addressed in a generalised fashion, rather than separately in relation to each of the exemptions cited,” it says. However, the force will not have to take any further action. The ICO said the existence and extent of police ANPR cameras, which store the numberplates of vehicles passing for two years, “is of considerable significance to the balance of the public interest,” and that the nationwide development of the system does raise questions […]

ICO lets police maintain ANPR location secrecy