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Behavioral Biometrics Can Plug Hole in PSD2 Security: BioCatch

Behavioral Biometrics Can Plug Hole in PSD2 Security: BioCatch

With the European Union’s big new privacy and data protection regulations now in place, EU citizens are now equipped with greater security than ever. But these protections aren’t watertight, with one particular flaw in the PSD2 regulation coming under BioCatch‘s magnifying glass. In a new blog post, the company points out that under PSD2 third-party…

Amid GDPR’s Implementation, FIDO Celebrates Growth

Amid GDPR’s Implementation, FIDO Celebrates Growth

In the wake of the EU’s GDPR privacy law, the FIDO Alliance is celebrating the growth of its FIDO Europe Working Group. Launched last November with an initial membership of 12, including major companies like Daon, Gemalto, ING, and Verizon, the Working Group now has 22 member organizations. The growth is perhaps no surprise, however,…

Unisys Survey Finds Europeans Warming to Biometric Authentication

Unisys Survey Finds Europeans Warming to Biometric Authentication

Europeans are really warming up to biometric authentication, suggest findings from a new Unisys survey. The company has found that 68 percent of Europeans say they would trust an organization more if it used the technology. The survey polled 3,500 individuals across the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland, in August of…

Big-Name Consortium to Trial Cross-Border Banking in EU

Big-Name Consortium to Trial Cross-Border Banking in EU

“Barclays, HSBC, Orange, OT-Morpho, the Open Identity Exchange, and the UK Government Digital Service are all involved.” A consortium of some of the biggest names in FinTech and digital security is getting ready to trial a cross-national banking project in the European Union. The aim is essentially to develop and test a secure and convenient…

Biometric Screening Eliminates Need for Electronics Ban: APEX

Biometric Screening Eliminates Need for Electronics Ban: APEX

The Department of Homeland Security is considering an expansion of a personal electronics ban beyond the eight Middle Eastern countries currently affected, and the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) is pushing back with an argument that biometric screening should be effective enough when it comes to more sophisticated security for flights out of Europe. Speaking…

Visa Decries EBA’s High-Friction eCommerce Authentication Proposals

Visa Decries EBA’s High-Friction eCommerce Authentication Proposals

“There’s still time for changes to the EBA’s proposal, and the organization has solicited feedback, and received it from the likes of the FIDO Alliance, whose members by and large concern themselves with technologies aimed at both improving security and reducing friction, such as biometric authentication.” Visa is decrying European regulatory efforts to improve security…

Accenture, Safran, Atos Team to Enhance Visa Processing for EU

Accenture, Safran, Atos Team to Enhance Visa Processing for EU

A major European IT project will see Accenture, Safran Identity & Security, and Atos collaborate to develop biometric matching for visa applications in the Schengen area. The companies were selected for the project by eu-LISA, the European Agency for Large-Scale IT Systems. It’s not the first time eu-LISA has contracted work to Accenture, which teamed…

Safran Identity & Security Announces Support for ECSO-European Commission PPP

Safran Identity & Security Announces Support for ECSO-European Commission PPP

Safran Identity & Security has announced its support for the European Cyber Security Organization‘s (ECSO) public-private partnership with the European Commission. The company’s support is very much called for—it’s a founding member of the ECSO, and a major player in the digital security market in Europe and around the world. Moreover, Safran Identity & Security’s…

Vision-Box Promotes Border Control Solutions at Government Conference

Vision-Box Promotes Border Control Solutions at Government Conference

Vision-Box recently found a major promotional opportunity for its biometric border control solutions. The company sponsored a conference on the theme of “Europe and the refugees – risks and opportunities” at this year’s SEF/SCIF Annual Congress, a meeting of the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) and its union. Vision-Box has been a key partner…

European Parliament Raises Concerns Over Data Privacy Agreement with US

European Parliament Raises Concerns Over Data Privacy Agreement with US

Members of the European Parliament are calling for improvements to the proposed Privacy Shield agreement governing data transfers between the EU and the US. MEPs recently voted 501-119 (with 31 abstentions) in favor of a non-binding resolution urging that deficiencies revolving around privacy and redress issues be remedied. More specifically, the MEPs feel that the current…

Fraud, Regulations Drive European Biometric ATM Market: Report

Fraud, Regulations Drive European Biometric ATM Market: Report

A new report suggests that the biometric ATM market is poised for growth, with thefts and government regulations helping to drive it. Entitled “Europe Biometric ATM Market 2016 – 2022”, the report comes from KBV Research and Marqual IT Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Looking specifically at the European market, the report’s authors cite data from the…

Turkey Begins Issuance of Biometric IDs

Turkey Begins Issuance of Biometric IDs

Turkey’s government has gone ahead with its first pilot project testing new biometric identification cards. The cards have begun to be distributed in the province of Kirikkale, and should soon spread throughout the country. The cards are a major technological upgrade over the plain biographic ID cards they are replacing, which have been in place for decades.…

Crossmatch Biometrics Tech To  Register Migrants in Greece

Crossmatch Biometrics Tech To Register Migrants in Greece

As the migrant crisis in Europe continues, biometric border control solutions are being deployed to better keep track of asylum seekers in the EU. To this end Greece has been awarded funds by the European Commission (acting through the European Asylum Support Office) to purchase biometric livescan devices from Crossmatch, namely the company’s Crossmatch L…

IBIA Calls for Privacy Shield Negotiators to Develop Strong, Clear System

IBIA Calls for Privacy Shield Negotiators to Develop Strong, Clear System

As US and EU Commission negotiators work to develop their Privacy Shield agreement on data transfer standards, the International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) has issued a statement calling for a “strong, mutually beneficial, easily understood privacy system” that “will help kindle a sense of trust in matters requiring sharing of critically important data such as…

INTERVIEW: Jacky Lecuivre, President, Coppernic

INTERVIEW: Jacky Lecuivre, President, Coppernic

  Coppernic is a France-based company that provides rugged, innovative, versatile and attractive mobile identity solutions for a variety of industries including access control, law enforcement, meter reading, secure documents and more. FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill recently spoke with Jacky Lecuivre, president of Coppernic, about the history of his company, the recently launched C-One e-ID solution, and…

FPC’s Was 2015’s Best-Performing Stock in Europe

FPC’s Was 2015’s Best-Performing Stock in Europe

Fingerprint Cards had the best-performing stock in Europe last year, according to new reports. The stock’s value rose by a whopping 1,391 percent to reach a value of $3.9 billion. It’s a major accomplishment, but it won’t come as a huge surprise to anyone who has been following the company closely over the last year. As…

European Commission Urges Italy to Ramp Up Fingerprinting Efforts

European Commission Urges Italy to Ramp Up Fingerprinting Efforts

As Europe’s ongoing refugee crisis continues, the European Commission is asking Italy to improve its collection of newcomers’ fingerprint biometric data. According to a new report, the EC is even telling Italian officials to collect the data by force in situations where migrants’ refuse to submit their fingerprints. Italy has evidently failed to fully comply…

Schengen Visa Visitors to Require Biometric Passports

Schengen Visa Visitors to Require Biometric Passports

“The requirement comes as increasingly sophisticated automated border control systems are installed at Schengen borders…” Effective November 24th, non-Europeans with Schengen visas will need new, biometric e-passports to gain entry to the Schengen zone. The Schengen area is a multi-state zone overlapping largely with the European Union that allows passport-free travel between its member states.…

Accenture-Led Consortium to Improve eu-LISA Systems

Accenture-Led Consortium to Improve eu-LISA Systems

A multi-party team of IT and communications companies has been selected to improve the architecture and capabilities for the European Agency for Large-Scale IT Systems (eu-LISA). Accenture, Altran, and Tieto will undertake the work in eu-LISA facilities in Strasbourg, Tallinn, and Brussels. The selection is the result of a competitive bidding process that saw the work divided into…

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