eBay first to open source a FIDO UAF authentication server

March 30, 2016 - 

eBay has announced its membership in the FIDO Alliance and introduced its FIDO Certified open source authentication server based on the FIDO UAF protocol.

eBay is the first e-commerce company to directly achieve FIDO certification, and the first to open source a FIDO UAF authentication server. This development is the latest in eBay’s mission to foster open collaboration to define the standards for secure authentication of online services and create opportunity across the technology community at large.

eBay is making contributions from its e-commerce platform perspective. Through its membership in the FIDO Alliance and open sourcing its FIDO UAF Server and Android client, eBay hopes to further the adoption of this technology and welcomes contributors from across the Alliance to help build the community.

“eBay is constantly looking for innovative ways to stimulate seamless end-to-end experiences for users across platforms,” said Rajeev Angal, Director, Trust and Identity Engineering at eBay. “We believe that biometrics, such as fingerprint technologies, form the bedrock for future authentication methods. eBay recognizes that there needs to be collaboration across different players like hardware, software and commerce in order to establish a set of industry standards for authentication. The FIDO Alliance standards are the foundation for this cross-industry collaboration and interoperability for both service providers like us and the consumer electronics companies providing personal digital devices.”

“By joining the Alliance and launching its open source implementations, eBay is showing clear innovation leadership as it positions web and mobile commerce globally for broad-scale deployment of industry standard FIDO authentication,” said Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance.

The FIDO Alliance is hosting an open seminar tomorrow to discuss key trends in strong authentication for the financial services community and beyond. The seminar will be held March 31, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the New York City Marriott Downtown. Experts from eBay, Google and Aetna will describe FIDO’s approach to simpler, stronger authentication, and also provide details on some real-world FIDO deployments and use cases.

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