March 6, 2014 -
Bernard Didier has been elected as the first honorary member of the European Association for Biometrics.
According to the group, the General Assembly made the announcement on February 12.
“Like any technology, the use of biometrics is not intrinsically good or bad; the real challenge is to strike a balance between freedom and security,” Didier said. It’s the role of governments and personal rights organizations to set up regulations allowing governments and business to use this technology correctly.”
Recently-retired Didier is the founder of Morpho, which has grown to become a market leader in the global market of biometrics and identity.
According to the group, Didier made sure Morpho participated and invested in European research on the development and delpyment of biometric technologies and applications. “With that, and with his consistent support of the EAB, Mr. Didier has significantly contributed to the growth of biometrics in Europe,” the group said in a statement.
“We are happy and honored that Mr. Didier accepted our nomination to become EAB’s first Honorary Member. For us it is an important encouragement to proceed with building a strong and competitive biometrics industry in Europe, taking into account that this technology should be deployed at a responsible manner,” Alexander Nouak, Chair of the EAB said. “The EAB, now counting almost 130 members within its short existence, can only hope that more honorary members of the level of Mr. Dider can be added to our Hall of Fame.”