BioID ramps up data privacy and protection commitment

BioID has partnered with Microsoft Cloud Germany and Deutsche Telekom to host its highly in demand BioID Web Service (BWS) in the data center of T-Systems to further improve data security and privacy. T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, serves as the data trustee in ensuring that all data is stored exclusively in data centers based in Germany, with T-Systems facilitating all access to customer data and any related infrastructure. Providing service via such a data center is a necessity

New York AG calls for stronger security for biometric, electronic data

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is calling on the state to implement its first-ever measures to protect biometric data collected by employers and businesses from cyber attacks, according to a report by Times Union. Schneiderman introduced a proposed law that would add biometric data to updated state protections aimed at a growing number of high-profile computer hacks of confidential personal data kept by businesses on their customers. Appropriately titled “Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security,” the law would

UIDAI declines privacy activist request for Aadhaar data protection information

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the authority for Aadhaar, have declined Indian privacy activist Vivek Velankar’s request to reveal the names of companies responsible for storing sensitive data as well as the manufacturers of the servers over ‘security reasons’, according to a report by The Times of India. To address data privacy concerns regarding the compulsory Aadhaar registration, Velankar had filed an RTI application asking for the names of the companies storing Aadhaar data, name of the country

mSIGNIA granted three machine learning patents for authentication, data protection

mSIGNIA has been received three additional patents including two by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Patent No. 6095691 by the Japanese Patent Office. As a result, mSIGNIA now has a total of five patents for innovation in authentication, cryptography and data protection since its first patent was granted in 2014. U.S. Patent No. 9,559,852 is a continuation of mSIGNIA’s earlier Digital Biometric patents that use machine learning to identify users and recognize devices in a consumer friendly and

Aetna rolls out FIDO, behavioral authentication for healthcare data security

FIDO Alliance executive director, Brett McDowell, reiterated in a blog post a report by the Wall Street Journal in which Aetna’s chief security officer Jim Routh discussed how the company adopted FIDO Authentication to improve the security and usability of its online services for its customers, partners and employees. Aetna is currently in the midst of a multi-year rollout of its next-generation authentication (NGA) platform across mobile and web applications. With NGA, Aetna is developing new industry best practices for

Independent organization to investigate Scottish police’s use of biometric data

A new independent group will begin investigating the Scottish police’s use of acquiring and storing of citizens’ biometric data, including mugshots, fingerprints and DNA samples, according to a report by The Herald. The move comes a couple months after reports that Scottish police began considering implementing new technology that could compare fingerprints left at murder scenes against a national biometrics database using a mobile phone. The group will be headed by John Scott QC, whose previous work led to Police

EU companies taking steps to control access to personal data for GDPR compliance

When the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect on May 25, 2018, European organizations will be required to demonstrate control over who can access personal identifiable data that is collected or stored from any individual in the European Union (EU), according to a report by IT Portal. The new regulation, which has been in the works for the past four years, aims to harmonize data privacy legislation across the EU and ultimately protect individuals using technology. According to

Gemalto, Caliber to provide strong authentication to law enforcement agencies

Gemalto has partnered with Caliber Public Safety (Caliber) to provide law enforcement and other government agencies with strong authentication technology to adhere to Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) policies. The companies will combine Caliber’s public safety expertise in records management with Gemalto’s SafeNet Authentication Service for an extensive portfolio of cloud-based identity and data protection solutions. The combined solutions allow law enforcement and government agencies to rapidly deploy strong authentication technology to meet CJIS requirements and pass state audits. The

3 things needed before biometrics can go mainstream

This is a guest post by Kayla Matthews, a biometrics and technology writer. Biometrics have started to gain more ground and visibility in the world market. Expected to be worth $34 billion USD by 2022, the global biometrics market is an exciting industry to be apart of, indeed. Yet, though the potential advantages of using biometrics are many, a few things need to happen before we can really start implementing this technology in its full capacity. 1. Better Data Breach

EU agencies join forces to protect European citizens’ data privacy rights

Two European Union agencies responsible for advising government agencies on fundamental rights have joined forces to help safeguard the data privacy rights of EU citizens, according to a report by Bloomberg BNA. European Union Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the sharing of information and working together on research projects. The agreement between the two agencies makes sense considering their overlapping goals. The FRA provides “expert advice”