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Cyprus Turns to Veridos to Overhaul its Biometric Document Capabilities

Cyprus Turns to Veridos to Overhaul its Biometric Document Capabilities

Veridos will be upgrading Cyprus’ biometric registration and e-document capabilities after landing a contract with the country’s Civil Registry and Migration Department of the Ministry of Interior. The contract will allow the country to issue electronic passports, ID cards, residency permits, and other documents that are in line with the latest EU regulations. Veridos will…

Sweden’s First GDPR Fine Triggered by Facial Recognition in School

Sweden’s First GDPR Fine Triggered by Facial Recognition in School

A seemingly innocuous test of a biometric attendance tracking system has resulted in Sweden’s first GDPR fine. The fine of 200,000 Swedish Krona was applied by the Swedish Data Protection Authority, or DPA, to the municipality of Skellefteå after it had trialed an attendance tracking system based on facial recognition technology at the Anderstorp High…

BehavioSec Updates Biometrics Platform Ahead of PSD2 Deadline

BehavioSec Updates Biometrics Platform Ahead of PSD2 Deadline

BehavioSec has updated its behavioral biometrics platform ahead of the European Union’s upcoming PSD2 compliance deadline. Version 5.1 of the platform offers better mouse recognition and anomaly detection, in addition to other accuracy and authentication upgrades. The upgraded platform also guards against fraud associated with new accounts. BehavioSec 5.1 will compare the behavior of a…

NEC’s Facial Recognition Tech Played Key Security Role in EU Summit

NEC’s Facial Recognition Tech Played Key Security Role in EU Summit

“… the Romanian Protection and Guard Service selected NEC as its partner based on its high-performing NeoFace facial recognition engine.” NEC recently had a high-profile opportunity to provide biometric security for European Union members, the company has revealed. The Tokyo-based firm delivered a security system based on facial recognition at an informal EU Summit held…

European Union Votes to Form Massive Biometric Database

European Union Votes to Form Massive Biometric Database

The European Union is moving forward with plans to consolidate multiple border control and law enforcement systems into one massive biometric database. The Common Identity Repository (CIR) will have records on more than 350 million people, which will make it the third largest tracking database in the world behind the national systems currently in place…

Biometric Authentication is Key to Success in a Post PSD2 Landscape: Report

Biometric Authentication is Key to Success in a Post PSD2 Landscape: Report

The final deadline for compliance with the European Union’s revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) is coming up in September of 2019. However, a new report from the Aite Group and iovation suggests that most payment services providers are not prepared. And those that do comply are expected to turn to some form of biometric authentication.…

European Commission Grants Merger Control Regulatory Clearance to Thales and Gemalto

European Commission Grants Merger Control Regulatory Clearance to Thales and Gemalto

Gemalto and Thales have cleared what was perhaps the highest hurdle in their pursuit of a merger, announcing in a new statement that the European Commission has granted them “merger control Regulatory Clearance”. Thales had first made its all-cash offer to acquire Gemalto in the spring of this year, but was compelled to push back…

European Association for Biometrics Joins SIA

European Association for Biometrics Joins SIA

“The EAB’s membership has materialized at a critical time in Europe’s biometrics sector…” The European Association for Biometrics has joined the Secure Identity Alliance, the organizations have announced. The EAB will act as an ‘Advisory Observer’, a role in which it will “advise and support SIA’s global advocate, policy and technical guidance roles,” according to…

FIDO Emphasizes Need For Strong Authentication in Wake of Timehop Breach

FIDO Emphasizes Need For Strong Authentication in Wake of Timehop Breach

Earlier this month, the company behind Timehop, a social media ‘time capsule’ app that shows users their older posts, revealed that it had suffered a data breach affecting 21 million users. And while the attack was not particularly exceptional as far as data breaches go, it nevertheless offers some food for thought, as FIDO Alliance…

Behavioral Biometrics Offers PSD2 Compliance: BehavioSec

Behavioral Biometrics Offers PSD2 Compliance: BehavioSec

BehavioSec is highlighting its technology’s compliance with Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2), the European Union’s major regulation for payment services and transactions. In a new post on its website, BehavioSec points out the PSD2 now requires ‘Strong Customer Authentication‘ (SCA), which it defines as the use of two of three authentication factors – something the…

Mastercard Touts Biometric Credit Card’s PSD2 Compliance

Mastercard Touts Biometric Credit Card’s PSD2 Compliance

Mastercard is anticipating a big jump in biometrically authenticated payments thanks to new regulations in the European Union. The PSD2 regulation has already officially been implemented in the EU, but its requirements for Strong Customer Authentication won’t come into play until this September. When they do, online payments and account access will require two of…

Signicat Partnership to Extend Itsme ID Platform Across Europe

Signicat Partnership to Extend Itsme ID Platform Across Europe

A new partnership could significantly extend the reach of the Itsme mobile ID platform: Signicat, the Norway-based provider of a digital identity platform claiming a client base of over 200 financial services organizations, has added Itsme to its Signicat Digital Identity Platform. The product of a collaboration between Belgian Mobile ID and Gemalto, Itsme is…

Jumio Offers e-Book Guidance on GDPR Compliance

Jumio Offers e-Book Guidance on GDPR Compliance

Jumio is urging businesses to consider carefully whether they are compliant with the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and has published a free e-book to help clarify the matter for administrators. The GDPR has, of course, emerged as a major business driver for data security and authentication solutions providers like Jumio. The…

FIDO is an Easy Solution For PSD2 Compliance

FIDO is an Easy Solution For PSD2 Compliance

FIDO authentication standards offer European financial institutions an easy way to comply with the European Union’s Payment Services Directive (PSD2) regulations, the FIDO Alliance argues in a new paper. The final draft of the PSD2’s Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) requires financial institutions to use multi-factor authentication for certain kinds 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…

Syniverse, Pinn to Answer PSD2, GDPR Regulations with Behavioral Biometrics

Syniverse, Pinn to Answer PSD2, GDPR Regulations with Behavioral Biometrics

Global transaction processor Syniverse and software developer Pinn have teamed up to offer a new security solution aimed at helping companies to comply with the European Union’s new payment and data regulations. The solution will integrate Pinn’s behavioral biometrics technology into Syniverse’s global platform, enabling continuous authentication for extra security. In a statement announcing the…

Turkey to Issue Biometric Passports in 2016

Turkey to Issue Biometric Passports in 2016

Turkey is preparing to issue biometric passports to its citizens as part of an agreement with the European Union. Government officials say they plan to begin printing the new passports in March, and will issue new citizen ID cards at the same time. The move is intended to comply with recent agreements with the European Union,…

France Calls for Biometric Screening of All EU Travellers

France Calls for Biometric Screening of All EU Travellers

France is calling on the European Union to adopt widespread biometric identification throughout the borders of its Schengen area. Comprised of most EU members, Schengen allows for relatively unrestricted travel between its internal borders; France wants the perimeter secured. France’s proposal is basically an extension of the EU’s Smart Borders program, which is meant to…

Schengen Area to Require Fingerprint Biometrics of Visitors

Schengen Area to Require Fingerprint Biometrics of Visitors

Visitors to Schengen countries will soon need to provide fingerprint biometric data upon arrival, according to The Hindu. While such practices are already in place in some parts of Europe, the article suggests that it will be widespread within “a couple of months”. The Schengen area is the part of the European Union in which…

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