Suprema data breach: What GDPR says about biometrics

Suprema data breach: What GDPR says about biometrics

The Suprema data breach, in which researchers say they discovered that the fingerprints, voice data, facial images, unencrypted usernames and passwords of more than one million people were publicly available, has drawn the condemnation of security experts and data privacy experts.

Israeli security researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, along with privacy site vpnmentor, discovered that Suprema’s BioStar 2 web-based security platform had left its database unprotected and mostly unencrypted.

The cloud platform holds the biometric data of people to grant them access to secure facilities in some 1.5 million locations around the world. According to theGuardian, the UK’s Metropolitan Police force, as well as financial institutions, use the Korea-based firm’s biometric platform.

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