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One of the biggest at-home DNA testing companies is working with the FBI • Buzzfeed News
Salvador Hernandez:
<p>Family Tree DNA, one of the largest private genetic testing companies whose home-testing kits enable people to trace their ancestry and locate relatives, is working with the FBI and allowing agents to search its vast genealogy database in an effort to solve violent crime cases, BuzzFeed News has learned.

Federal and local law enforcement have used public genealogy databases for more than two years to solve cold cases, including the landmark capture of the suspected Golden State Killer, but the cooperation with Family Tree DNA and the FBI marks the first time a private firm has agreed to voluntarily allow law enforcement access to its database.

While the FBI does not have the ability to freely browse genetic profiles in the library, the move is sure to raise privacy concerns about law enforcement gaining the ability to look for DNA matches, or more likely, relatives linked by uploaded user data.

For law enforcement officials, the access could be the key to unlocking murders and rapes that have gone cold for years, opening up what many argue is the greatest investigative tactic since the advent of DNA identification. For privacy advocates, the FBI’s new ability to match the genetic profiles from a private company could set a dangerous precedent in a world where DNA test kits have become as common as a Christmas stocking stuffer…

…In December 2018, the company changed its terms of service to allow law enforcement to use the database to identify suspects of “a violent crime,” such as homicide or sexual assault, and to identify the remains of a victim.</p>

Ah, good old TOS. And yet: the FBI doesn't hold this; it gets to access it just like a normal user, and to get more has to provide a court order or search warrant. This isn't actually the gigantic intrusion it might look like.
privacy  biometrics  fbi  dna 
15 days ago by charlesarthur
Prisons Are Building Databases of Inmates' Voice Prints
The voice-print technology allows authorities to mine call databases and cross-reference the voices of individuals prisoners have spoken with.
privacy  surveillance  prison  biometrics 
16 days ago by incredimike
One Of The Biggest At-Home DNA Testing Companies Is Working With The FBI

While Family Tree does not have a contract with the FBI, the firm has agreed to test DNA samples and upload the profiles to its database on a case-by-case basis since last fall, a company spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

Its work with the FBI is “a very new development, which started with one case last year and morphed,” she said. To date, the company has cooperated with the FBI on fewer than 10 cases.
privacy  dna  biometrics  legal  police  policy 
16 days ago by jefframnani
One Of The Biggest At-Home DNA Testing Companies Is Working With The FBI
Family Tree reveal that they are providing access to customer-submitted DNA records:
“We are nearing a de-facto national DNA database,” Natalie Ram, an assistant law professor at the University of Baltimore who specializes in bioethics and criminal justice, told BuzzFeed News. “We don’t choose our genetic relatives, and I cannot sever my genetic relation to them. There’s nothing voluntary about that.”

Others aired similar concerns. “I would be very against Family Tree DNA allowing law enforcement to have open access to their DNA database,” Debbie Kennett, a British genealogy enthusiast and honorary research associate at University College London said. “I don’t think it’s right for law enforcement to use a database without the informed consent of the consumer.”

(via Antonio Regalado)
biometrics  privacy  dna  family-tree  via:antonio-regalado  genealogy  data-protection  fbi  us 
17 days ago by jm
GTL Launches Voiceprint System for Correctional Facilities
Global Tel*Link (GTL), a correctional technology solutions provider, has announced the release of a new voice recognition system. Called Voice IQ, the system is designed for use in correctional facilities and is able to identify inmates on their phone calls.

The system is meant to cut down on inmate telephone fraud, and GTL says that the it uses “one of the most comprehensive natural language speaker verification tools in the speaker verification industry”, and that rather than analyzing calls after they are completed, the system can identify speakers on a phone call in real time. Moreover, Voice IQ employs an ever-growing database of voiceprints, which it builds as it scans calls over time, thereby becoming more accurate and robust as it is used. With over 1.1 million inmates currently in facilities using GTL’s inmate phone services, that could provide quite a substantial base of data over time.

This machine learning approach is similar to the voiceprint database venture recently announced by TransUnion, in partnership with OneVault. That initiative will see a database built for TransUnion customers, but the company is hoping to market the system to other companies on a pay-per-use basis.

GTL’s new system also reflects the broader trend of biometric technology finding its way into correctional facilities, whether in the form of light sensor-based blood-alcohol detection systems or fingerprint-based access control.
GTL  surveillance  voice_recognition  biometrics  prison 
19 days ago by oceanicbeloved
Similarly, the algorithms and structure behind the prison telecommunications firm Securus Technologies’ particular voice software, known as Investigator Pro, were developed in part through a $50 million grant from the Department of Defense. The software was licensed to JLG Technologies, a company that Securus acquired in 2014. According to Securus’s 2017 proposal for New York, the technology was developed because “DOD needed to identify terrorist calls out of the millions of calls made to and from the United States every day.”

But it wasn’t long before major prison technology firms, such as Securus and Global Tel Link, began marketing the technology to U.S. jurisdictions that were seeking to extract and store voice prints associated with incarcerated people in their systems. “IPRO [Investigator Pro] has a 10-year track record of providing pinpoint voice accuracy capability country-wide in 243 states, county, and local correctional agencies,” notes Securus in the Pinal County contract.

The enrollment of incarcerated people’s voice prints allows corrections authorities to biometrically identify all prisoners’ voices on prison calls, and find past prison calls in which the same voice prints are detected. Such systems can also automatically flag “suspicious” calls, enabling investigators to review discrepancies between the incarcerated person’s ID for the call and the voice print detected. Securus did not respond to a request for comment on how it defined “suspicious.” The company’s Investigator Pro also provides a voice probability score, rating the likelihood that an incarcerated person’s voice was heard on a call.
voice_recognition  surveillance  prison  GTL  Securus  biometrics 
19 days ago by oceanicbeloved
Factors in authentication
"And that's where I'm stuck. I've more or less convinced myself that phone-based OTP (prone to phishing) or phone-push-based U2F (not useful after initial enrollment) add no interesting security but do make things harder for end users. I guess they call that 'security theatre'. Meanwhile, physical U2F tokens are unlikely to become popular with consumers because they're inconvenient. At least that conclusion is consistent with the state of the world as it exists today, and what the market leaders are currently doing. Which means maybe I've at least explained it correctly."
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20 days ago by bankbryan
Feds Can't Force You To Unlock Your iPhone With Finger Or Face, Judge Rules
Judge Westmore declared that the government did not have the right, even with a warrant, to force suspects to incriminate themselves by unlocking their devices with their biological features.
US  biometrics  legalcase  government  police  lawenforcement  law  rights 
27 days ago by corrickwales
are usernames, not passwords!” is getting into the game.
sticker  biometrics  from twitter_favs
5 weeks ago by douglevin
Taylor Swift’s Security Used Facial Recognition Technology to Monitor Concert Crowds for Stalkers. Is That Allowed?
Security at Taylor Swift’s Rose Bowl show in May reportedly used facial recognition technology to monitor the crowd for the singer’s known stalkers. According to Rolling Stone, a screen playing rehearsal clips had a facial recognition camera surreptitiously embedded to record concertgoers who were watching the footage. “Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working,” Mike Downing, the chief security officer of Oak View Group, told the magazine.

A command post in Nashville, almost 2,000 miles away from the venue, then cross-referenced the recorded images with a database of more than 100 people who had previously stalked Swift. It’s unclear who made this list or what the criteria was for being added, but a number of people have been arrested over the years for allegedly stalking or threatening the singer, including breaking into her home.
biometrics  privacy  usa 
5 weeks ago by osi_info_program
Voice Biometrics: The ‘Thumbprint’ of the Future | Pindrop - Pindrop
Biometrics can range from fingerprinting to DNA matching, iris matching to voice recognition to everything in between. Together, these technologies make up biometrics, which can be defined as the measurement and analysis of a person’s unique physical and behavioral characteristics. Moving into an age defined by voice - not touch, the thumbprint of the future can be identified as voice biometrics.
security  privacy  voice  biometrics 
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