06 Nov Private Companies May Get Hands on National Biometrics Database
Biometrics fingerprinting firm SureID has reportedly partnered with Boston-based startup Robbie AI to build the US’ first nationwide biometrics gathering system.
However, privacy advocates immediately voiced their concerns that AI-powered video-based biometrics, which can accurately identify individuals even in a crowd, will be a threat to the right to privacy. In response, executives at the two companies insisted that the system will be crucial for safety and security to authenticate the real identity of technicians and consumers.
It is said that Robbie.AI’s technology and SureID’s nationwide network of fingerprinting kiosks will be building blocks of a nationwide biometric database that could be used in a number of settings, such as retail authentication, employment verification to driver-identification for keyless self-driving cars or even user recognition in future robotic platforms.