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”

German draft law would allow use of facial recognition for public surveillance

Germany’s latest draft law could infringe on the public’s data privacy rights if it is passed, according to a report from the nation’s union for data protection report cited by Digital Trends. Under the proposed legislation, the German government would no longer be required to inform citizens about the kind of data collected on them if such a revelation “disadvantages the well-being” of the country or might “seriously endanger” business activities. Additionally, the law would allow the government to use

Visa study shows Brits trust banks over governments to protect biometrics

Visa Europe published new research that shows that Britons are placing their trust in banks over government agencies to protect their biometric data. According to the study, UK consumers are nearly twice as likely to trust banks to store and retain their biometric data safe (60%), than they are to trust government agencies (33%). In regards to who they would trust to offer biometrics authentication as a service to confirm identity, 85% of consumers chose banks, 81% selected payment networks,

DHS S&T awards $199K to Factom Inc. to secure digital identity for IoT

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recently awarded $199,000 to Austin, Texas-based blockchain technology firm Factom Inc., to boost the security of digital identity for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, according to a report by Homeland Security Today. Factom’s proposal, “Blockchain Software to Prove Integrity of Captured Data From Border Devices” was awarded through Securing the Internet of Things (IoT), Solicitation Number: HSHQDC-16-R-00035 under the Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) Other Transaction Solicitation (OTS). “IoT