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Thales’ Gemalto Acquisition Cleared by Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

Thales’ Gemalto Acquisition Cleared by Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

“They have also received antitrust clearances from China, Israel, and Turkey; all told, they have received six of the 14 regulatory clearances needed from authorities around the world in order for the merger to happen.” Thales and Gemalto have cleared another major hurdle as they race toward their desired merger: Thales’ acquisition of Gemalto has…

European Commission Proposes Mandatory Fingerprint Data for EU ID Cards

European Commission Proposes Mandatory Fingerprint Data for EU ID Cards

“Like other recent EU regulations including the GDPR and PSD2 requirements, the proposed regulation could be a boon to the region’s biometrics industry, both by establishing a need for compliance solutions, and by strengthening the ties between biometrics and official documentation.” The European Commission has issued a new set of proposals aimed at bolstering security…

Biometric Best Practices Key to EU Action Plan on Travel Documents

Biometric Best Practices Key to EU Action Plan on Travel Documents

The European Commission has announced a new Action Plan to improve the security of European travel documents. Among the key recommendations is the exchange of best practices with respect to biometric enrollment – an increasingly popular means of identification as Europe continues to struggle to manage an influx of migrants and refugees. Such exchanges will…

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…

BEAT Offers Biometric Tech Assessment Tool for EU

BEAT Offers Biometric Tech Assessment Tool for EU

BEAT, the Biometric Evaluation and Testing project, is now an open-source platform available for download. The project is funded by the European Commission, and its mandate is to build a standards framework for assessing biometric technologies. The project has also sought to ensure that these standards can be used both by the academic community and the…

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…

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…

European Commission to Require Fingerprint Biometrics of Indian Visitors

European Commission to Require Fingerprint Biometrics of Indian Visitors

The European Commission is about to officially require Indian visitors to Schengen countries to submit biometric data when applying for travel visas. The new requirement will take effect next Monday. The move does not come as a great surprise, having been anticipated since earlier this autumn. Indians interested in visiting the Schengen region – a…