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The biometric ID grid is closing in as country after country implements biometric passports, biometric id databases and, yes, biometric payment systems. If you’re interested in contributing to this open source investigation and leaving info about your country, please read the report on CorbettReport.com:
July 8, 2016
During the third quarter of 2015 there was a sharp drop in the number of people signing up. Only one quarter of people taking out new documents in that period opted for biometric ones. The Population Authority released data showing that between last November and May there was a rise in these numbers, with 31 percent opting for biometric documentation.
The rate of people choosing biometric documents goes up with age, except for people who are 80 years old or older. There are gender differences, with somewhat more men who signed up during the pilot phase. Twenty-four percent of people who signed on never returned to pick them up. From August, these documents will be mailed to people for whom they were issued.
The pilot phase began in July 2013 and was supposed to end after two years. However, it was extended twice. Former Interior Minister Silvan Shalom assumed his post a month and a half before the end of the pilot, and requested more time to study the issue. The Knesset approved his request and extended the pilot by nine months, ending in March of this year.
May 22, 2016
The Department of Justice has come up with a proposal to exempt the biometric database from public disclosure. It states that the Next Generation Identification System (NGI) should not be subject to the Privacy Act, which requires federal agencies to give people access to records that have been collected concerning them, “allowing them to verify and correct them if needed.”
The proposal states that allowing individuals to view their own records, or even an account of those records, could compromise criminal investigations or “national security efforts,” potentially reveal a “sensitive investigative technique,” or provide information that could help a subject “avoid detection or apprehension.”
The database contains biometric information on people who have provided fingerprints to employers, or for licenses and background checks, as well as on convicted criminals and those that have been suspected of wrongdoing even for a short period of time, according to Underground Reporter.
The proposal argues that the FBI should be able to retain the data it has collected on individuals even if they are later found to have done nothing illegal, as the information “may acquire new significance when new details are brought to light.”
The FBI claims the retained data could also be used for “establishing patterns of activity and providing criminal lead.”
In addition, the FBI’s proposal calls for an exemption to a clause which requires agencies to maintain records proving that their determinations regarding individuals in their data base are fair and legally justified, arguing that it is “impossible to know in advance what information is accurate, relevant, timely and complete.”
The proposal is open for comment until June 6.
Facial recognition is being used outside the realms of law enforcement as well. For example, a nightclub in Sydney uses the technology to identify clubbers previously deemed unruly to prevent them from getting in again.
Facebook has long used facial recognition software to identify people in uploaded photographs and offers facial recognition as a method of verifying a user’s identity.
There are now even facial recognition apps that can identify strangers on the street. While this may be great news for stalkers, it is less so for those not inclined to reveal their identity to random passersby.
Meanwhile, there are companies making products that can confuse or fool facial recognition software. A Japanese company has invented a “privacy visor” that will “scramble digital facial recognition software,” Biometric Update reports.
Specially made clothes and camouflage make up can turn a face “into a mess of unremarkable pixels” in order to throw the technology off.
Inside the NGI, in the words of the FBI
The information stored on the FBI’s Next Generation Identification System, the biometrics database it is trying to keep under wraps, gives federal agents access to a number of identification systems.
Here’s a rundown on the tools on offer to law enforcement, as detailed on the FBI’s website:
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April 8, 2016
Over the course of the upcoming summer months, the Japanese government will begin testing a new authentication system that will allow foreign tourists entering the Pacific nation to verify their identities using only the user’s fingerprint.
Travelers will register their fingerprints and provide an array of personal data about themselves — including credit card information — at airports upon arrival on the islands.
Once signed up, participants will be allowed to make purchases and conduct tax-exempt transactions by simply pressing two fingers gently against a device, which will be installed at various retail outlets. The technology will also allow foreign tourists to avoid previously mandatory requirements that they produce a passport while checking into ryokans (inns) or hotels. Instead, travelers will only need to produce their fingers.
With the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games only four years away, the Japanese government believes the system could alleviate travelers’ anxiety by eliminating their need to carry cash or credit cards at the event. If the test proves successful, the system will gradually be implemented throughout Japan by the 2020 games.
The initial rollout will include 300 different establishments that are popular with tourists, including souvenir stores, restaurants, and hotels.
A similar system has already been operational at Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Nagasaki, where visitors can make fingerprint-only payments at about 30 restaurants and shops.
“The system has been well received by customers, including those with children, since it saves them the trouble of taking their wallets out,” according to a theme park spokesperson.
Aeon Bank, based in Tokyo, plans to release an ATM as early as this month based on a similar model that will do away with the need for ATM cards.
Africa is the Western world’s testing ground for microchip implants, weaponized viruses and experimental vaccines
by: J. D. Heyes
November 10, 2015
The African continent continues to be used by Western powers as a testing ground for some pretty heinous things, the latest of which appears to be microchip implants. This is a concept privacy advocates in the U.S. have long warned about.
According to Patriot Truther and BusinessWire, credit card company Visa recently introduced a new specification for the use of biometrics with chip card transactions that can enable palm, iris, facial or voice biometrics. The first-of-its-kind technology is designed to be incorporated for use with the EMV® (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) chip industry standard to ensure the cards can be used around the globe.
With current surveillance technology, the biometric cards will also be traceable and trackable, as will the biometric data. This information will be valuable to merchandising corporations, technology companies and, of course, governments.
“There is increasing demand for biometrics as a more convenient and secure alternative to signatures or PINs, especially as biometrics technologies have become more reliable and available,” claimed Mark Nelsen, senior vice president of Risk Products and Business Intelligence for Visa Inc. “However, to support wide adoption, it is equally important that solutions are scalable and based on open standards. Building on the EMV chip standard provides a common, interoperable foundation, as well as encourages innovation in cutting-edge biometric solutions.”
The biometrics are being sold to customers as merely being helpful, modern ways to prevent fraud and help people pay “securely.” The architecture of the design by Visa will enable fingerprints, for example, to be “securely” accepted by a biometric reader, encrypted and then validated.
“Issuers can optionally validate the biometric data within their secure systems for transactions occurring in their own environments, such as their own ATMs,” BusinessWire reported.
Absa Bank, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barclays Africa Group, will become the first to use the new cards.
This comes on the heels of earlier reports stating that Wells Fargo Bank also wants to begin using “secure” biometric card technology.
Not only are such biometrics likely to be tracked, but as more of our personal information is cataloged online and stored in “clouds,” it will become more vulnerable to hacking and cyber theft.
The biometrics “test” in Africa is just the latest evil committed against the people of that continent. As noted in this open letter published by the Liberian Observer, “testing” of the Ebola virus had been occurring in Africa for years before the most recent outbreak.
As noted by our editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, in this Oct. 22, 2014 story:
The idea that Ebola might be a genetically engineered bioweapon was openly discussed by a top Liberian scientist named Dr. Cyril Broderick, who published a front-page story in the Liberian Observer containing the astonishing statement, “Ebola is a genetically modified organism (GMO).”
…Broderick goes on to assert that the U.S. Dept. of Defense has been using African women and children for bioweapons experiments.
In his own words, he talks about “…the existence of an American Military-Medical-Industry that conducts biological weapons tests under the guise of administering vaccinations to control diseases and improve the health of black Africans overseas.”
Speaking of vaccines and Africa, Adams reported the following month that “tetanus vaccines given to millions of young women in Kenya have been confirmed by laboratories to contain a sterilization chemical that causes miscarriages” – a cruel and subversive act orchestrated by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO).
“We sent six samples from around Kenya to laboratories in South Africa. They tested positive for the HCG antigen,” Dr. Muhame Ngare of the Mercy Medical Centre in Nairobi told LifeSiteNews. “They were all laced with HCG.”