Biometrics

Danger of hold-ups on British passports

Thousands of British passport holders in Hong Kong and on the mainland face being marooned because of little-known changes in renewal procedures.

Sunday, 4 December, 2011, 12:00am

15 years on, DNA test jails rapist

A man who had been on the run since raping a teenage girl 15 years ago was brought to justice yesterday, thanks to advances in DNA profiling.

Tsang Lung-wai, 34, was sentenced to jail for 12 years for rape, indecent assault and robbery, crimes he committed in September 1995 when he was 19.

19 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Watch your feet, there may be a spy pad about

Scientists on the mainland have taken a major step forward in the art of secret surveillance by inventing the 'spy pad'.

Like the iPad, the new gadget is touch-sensitive. But this plastic square is operated not by the hands, but by the feet.

4 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Inherited mess-up

A chimera is a creature from Greek mythology. It's made up of parts of several different animals. But when the term applies to humans, it's very real and very, very weird.

18 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Face value

In Las Vegas, the television show set in the fictional Montecito Casino, card coun- ters and other scammers are routinely caught by video surveillance working in conjunction with facial-recognition software. In real life, it's much harder to collar criminals in this way because, among other things, mugs can be disguised in ways that render such technology ineffective.

13 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Changing face of hi-tech security

Hi-tech security is a welcome addition to any office, especially when the latest developments ensure that only trusted people are given access. Yet the shadow of 'Big Brother' lurks when personal data is gathered and privacy compromised.

31 May 2010 - 12:00am

Watchdog fingers Disneyland for privacy investigation

Mickey Mouse has your fingerprints and the privacy commissioner wants to know what he's doing with them.

Roderick Woo Bun says his officers will contact Disneyland for information about a finger-scanning system it uses for access to its theme parks in Hong Kong and the United States.

28 May 2010 - 12:00am

Palm reading

IBM and Fujitsu have teamed up to introduce a palm-vein identification system that will enable PC users to access applications, files and websites with a single scan of their palm, eliminating the need to remember passwords. The computer-attached scanner is touted as being as accurate as iris-scanning technology and better - although more expensive - than fingerprint authentication.

3 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Visa-free stays in Guam up to 45 days

Hong Kong passport holders will be able to visit the western Pacific island of Guam for up to 45 days without having to obtain a visa starting on November 28, the Immigration Department said yesterday.

31 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Baby-swap victim has learned to live life without regrets

A 32-year-old man who found out two years ago that he had been swapped shortly after birth searched for a year for his real parents before giving up the quest.

Kelvin Li Kwok-yin was born on November 30, 1976, at Tsan Yuk Hospital. He discovered he had been swapped when his sister realised that his blood type meant he could not possibly be his mother's natural son.

18 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Scanning workers' prints is 'excessive'

The fingerprinting of workers to monitor their attendance is an excessive privacy infringement, the personal data watchdog has ruled.

But a technology firm that offers fingerprint-recognition systems challenged the concerns.

14 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Balance needed between security and privacy

Hong Kong is generally quick to embrace technology, especially when it makes life easier. Biometrics - fingerprint, retinal and facial scans - can certainly do that. There is no more accurate and convenient way to prove identity; long lines at immigration counters have all but disappeared since fingerprint scanners were introduced at border checkpoints.

14 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Smugglers give IIs in transit real passports

The Immigration Department has warned of an emerging people-smuggling tactic in which illegal migrants use genuine Hong Kong passports to travel overseas via the city.

The trend coincides with a sharp decline in the use of bogus travel documents - once widely used by people-smugglers - following the introduction of more sophisticated e-passports.

2 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Privacy rights must be guarded in use of DNA

With the advent of genetic science, DNA profiling has become a universal tool in criminal investigations. But such a powerful tool needs to be used wisely. The collection, by law enforcement agencies, of genetic and other personal data must be balanced by people's right to privacy and presumption of innocence. This is an issue that all free societies need to confront.

6 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Lead on baby mix-up comes to nothing

Another effort to find the biological family of a man swapped with another newborn in a hospital mix-up 31 years ago has come to nothing.

An anonymous man who came forward and had his DNA tested this month is not the biological son of the woman who reared Kelvin Li Kwok-yin as her own son. DNA tests on another man in January also came to nothing.

31 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

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