Australian Facial Recognition Company Outabox's Biometrics Breached by Hackers

By Thea Felicity

May 02, 2024 02:02 PM EDT

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Outabox, an Australian company specializing in facial recognition technology, faces scrutiny and legal action following a major breach of personal data. According to Wired, this proves the growing concerns surrounding the privacy risks associated with biometric data collection. 

The breach, which exposed sensitive personal data of patrons, including facial recognition biometrics, driver's license scans, signatures, club membership details, addresses, birthdays, phone numbers, club visit timestamps, and even slot machine usage records, prompted swift action from law enforcement agencies and privacy advocates alike. 

Amidst the controversy, a website ominously titled "Have I Been Outaboxed," allegedly created by former Outabox developers, emerged, claiming to possess over a million records of individuals impacted by the breach. 

Outabox has issued statements acknowledging the incident and assuring cooperation with authorities, but skepticism remains regarding the company's internal controls and data security measures. 

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Aftermath of Outabox Biometric Data Breach

As a result of the breach and the exposure of sensitive personal data, law enforcement agencies are taking action by investigating the matter and apprehending individuals suspected of wrongdoing. The breach's perpetrators may be subject to criminal prosecution and other legal repercussions. 

Meanwhile, privacy advocates and cybersecurity experts have called for stronger regulatory frameworks and stringent safeguards to protect individuals' biometric data, underlining the need for reform and heightened vigilance in an increasingly digitized world.

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