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Fingerprints and face scans are the future of smartphones. These holdouts refuse to use them.

“Avoiding commercial biometric security could be an increasingly difficult feat in the future” writes Technology Reporter for washingtonpost.com. A Galaxy S9+ owner, Schott says he has never used the phone’s biometric options, which include an iris scan, face recognition and fingerprint sensor.They fret about the security of their sensitive biometric data, which they fear could fall into the wrong hands. Source: washingtonpost.com

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Don’t Just Buy A New Smartphone, Buy A Safe Smartphone

“Samsung Knox offers three key security features including Biometric Authentication, Secure Folder, and financial information security with Samsung Pay” writes Mashable India for mashable.com. So, in case your phone gets attacked, your card information would still be safely encrypted within a separate and secure data vault.Its security platform, Samsung Knox, comes integrated with Defense-grade security that safeguards Samsung devices (including smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches) against malicious threats.In all, Samsung Knox helps us stay a step ahead of the modern-day threats with its game-changing security features. Source: mashable.com

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Samsung, Google acknowledge flaws in phone-unlocking biometric tools

“Tech giants Samsung and Google are grappling with separate flaws in the biometric technology the companies give users to secure their mobile phones” writes Sean Lyngaas for cyberscoop.com. The episodes highlight how, just like any other technology, biometrics software needs to be rigorously tested for bugs. In February, WhatsApp said it would allow iOS users to unlock their messages using a fingerprint or facial biometric.An increasing number of mobile phone users around the world are taking advantage of biometrics on their phone to download apps and make purchases. Source: cyberscoop.com

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We went to Mastercard’s tech showcase, which featured biometric sensors and shrimp-tracking blockchain. It’s part of a push to embrace a future without cards.

“This redesign signaled a desire to be seen as more of a fintech firm, as opposed to simply a payments company” writes Shannen Balogh for businessinsider.com. Mastercard’s new partnership with blockchain software company R3, meanwhile, appears aimed at catching up with Visa in the digital B2B payments space.Mastercard is testing out blockchain technology to give businesses and consumers transparency into product supply chains.The company unveiled two new initiatives just ahead of the event: the launch of Mastercard Track Business Payment Service, and a partnership with blockchain software company R3. Source: businessinsider.com

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‘The neoliberal takeover of the human body’ — facial recognition and fingerprint scanning could finally make credit cards obsolete

“Biometric technology, meanwhile, is infiltrating every other aspect of our digital lives” writes Personal Finance Editor for marketwatch.com. Sinnreich, the communications professor, said he believes biometric payments will happen in the U.S. but only when people are comfortable with them. Source: marketwatch.com

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The technology that should finally make your wallet obsolete

“Biometric technology, meanwhile, is infiltrating every other aspect of our digital lives” writes Personal Finance Editor for marketwatch.com. Sinnreich, the communications professor, believes biometric payments will happen in the U.S., but only when people are comfortable with it.Biometric mobile wallets — technology that uses our faces, fingerprints or retinas to pay for things, even if we don’t have our phones — already exist.Like all biometric information, however, if it’s lost or stolen, fingerprints can’t be changed like a password. Source: marketwatch.com

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How will biometric payment cards work?

“The bank is piloting a “cutting edge” biometric fingerprint bank card with 200 customers” writes James Titcomb for telegraph.co.uk. The days of attempting to remember your PIN code could be numbered if a new type of biometric credit card takes off.In Scotland, the trial will involve customers of Royal Bank of Scotland.NatWest today said customers will be able to verify card payments using the touch of a finger in a trial taking place in the coming weeks.The new cards are being built by Dutch security technology company Gemalto and feature a…

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WhatsApp now lets you secure your messages behind Face ID and Touch ID on the iPhone

“Users can now choose to enable Face ID or Touch ID to securely keep the app locked down and its messages out of prying eyes” reports fastcompany.com. Though iPhones are already protected with biometric authentication, it’s a nice security touch that Facebook is adding biometric authentication directly to the WhatsApp app too.An update to the Facebook-owned messaging app has just been released for the iPhone that adds an extra layer of security for WhatsApp users on Apple’s devices. Hopefully this is an added layer of security that more messaging and…

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Six Flags Biometrics Ruling Could Affect Facebook, Google

“Many companies that use biometrics across a broad swath of industries in Illinois have been affected, including Snapchat, Google, Facebook and Shutterfly” reports pymnts.com. The Chicago Tribune reported that the youth bought a season pass to Six Flags Great America and had his fingerprint data collected in 2004.Biometric data needs to be protected, critics say, because unlike other information collected by computers, such as phone numbers or addresses, it’s permanent.The lawsuit can proceed under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, the court said, which requires that companies collecting biometric information…

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The Face ID ruling is a big win for digital rights. Here’s what needs to happen next.

“Judge Westmore’s decision to write an opinion raises the profile of biometric passcode warrant applications as an issue that higher courts could consider” writes Rachel Kraus for mashable.com. Digital rights organization the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) strongly advocates that the law treat biometric data as a potential form of self-incrimination.Digital rights advocates are clear that courts should treat biometric passcodes just as they do alphanumeric ones.But there’s still a long way to go before this legal opinion — that a biometric passcode is the equivalent of verbal self-incrimination — is…

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