Biometrics to replace PINs and passwords boosted by global organization and tech giant

The release of a new specification to support biometric payment cards and other advanced transaction methods is the most-read story of the week on Biometric update. Global ID joins an accelerator that could also pave the way for a new biometrics market, while Google and Microsoft launched new consumer biometrics and enterprise identity management products respectively, and ForgeRock is privatized in part of a $2.3 billion deal.

Top biometric news of the week

A new draft EMVCo specification for point-of-sale payment devices and ATMs supporting biometric payment cards has been released. The new Contactless Core specification, one of more than 20 contactless core systems in use worldwide, ensures interoperability between point-of-sale systems and Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, JCB and UnionPay.

The deadline for biometric SIM card registration in Kenya is Saturday, with 14 million mobile accounts yet to be registered and at risk of being shut down. Telecommunications providers in the Philippines say they are ready to conduct a similar exercise in their country, but would be well advised to take extra precautions about the security of the data they collect, as shown by a massive breach of registration data from the SIM card in Indonesia. .

The first of Pakistan’s new biometric passports has been issued to government officials, while Ghana says its own updated travel document is just months away. The Nigerian government is moving passport application processes online to circumvent problems with the system, while South Africa is increasing the cost of its passports and Philippine Airlines staff have been accused of suspicious handling of passport data. travellers.

Security camera provider Dahua and facial recognition developer CloudWalk have been added to an official US government list of companies considered extensions of the Chinese military. Companies on the list are not sanctioned for inclusion, but are intended to deter certain potential partners or customers from working with them.

Global ID has been selected to participate in an innovation acceleration program led by RUAG, a technology supplier to the Swiss military. The Vein Biometrics Developer will work on system access security with the help of academic, technical, and business expertise provided by the program.

Google has launched biometric passkeys to replace passwords with FIDO-based credentials on mobile devices running Android and Chrome. Passkeys can also enable login to the account on a separate device using smartphone biometrics. The launch makes access keys available to developers, and apps using the technology are expected to reach consumers later this year.

The Known Traveler Trusted Identity program, run by the World Economic Forum, appears to have been mothballed after being initially stalled by the pandemic. The blockchain-based project would have tested an early implementation of user-controlled digital ID in a complex setting, but with the Dutch side now focused on EES, it may not be revived . As the US CBP and TSA roll out their new technologies, old self-service kiosks are being phased out and retired next year.

Microsoft brought its version of verifiable credentials and decentralized identifiers to enterprise systems with the release of Entra Verified. The company believes its decentralized identity product can help enterprises integrate employees, partners and customers, marking a potential big step towards widespread adoption of the new W3C VC standard.

ForgeRock has struck a blockbuster $2.3 billion deal that will be acquired by investment firm Thoma Bravo, which recently also bought Ping Identity. A 53% premium to ForgeRock’s stock price is the cost of taking the leader in identity and access management private.

Meanwhile, Intercede has acquired password management software provider Authlogics for $6 million. The deal gives Intercede access to a much larger customer market, just as it partners with NextgenID on remote identity verification solutions.

IronVest, a company led by BioCatch founder Avi Turgeman that offers a decentralized biometric password manager, came out stealthily with a seed investment of $23 million.

The latest episode of the ID 16.9 podcast focuses on a new approach to birth registration from Digitech Development, which has already been used to provide legal identity to millions of children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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