EU to collect biometrics of all visitors, could include post-Brexit UK citizens

The European Parliament has approved a new entry/exit system (ESS) to store the biometric information of all non-EU citizens visiting in and out of the EU Schengen area, which could also include British citizens, post-Brexit, according to a report by Computer Weekly. As part of the Smart Borders package, the electronic system will comprise of a central database storing the name, travel document, fingerprints, facial image, date and place of entry, exit and entry refusal of every third-country national –

European Association for Biometrics announces EAB-RPC 2017

The fourth annual EAB Research Projects Conference (EAB-RPC) will take place September 18-19 at the Fraunhofer IGD research institute in Darmstadt, Germany. The conference is organized by the European Association for Biometrics (EAB) in cooperation with the Joint Research Center (DG-JRC) of the European Commission, through its Cyber and Digital Citizens’ security unit. The EAB-RPC 2017 will be co-located with the EAB Research Awards and the IEEE BIOSIG Conference, later that same week. The conference is currently the largest event

HSBC, Barclays join EU project aimed at testing digital ID standards for cross-border banking

HSBC and Barclays have joined a new EU group comprised of private and public sector organizations testing the use of a citizen’s national digital identity from France to open a bank account in the UK, according to a report by Finextra. The Project, which is co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility, will also include the UK Government Digital Service (GDS), Orange, OT-Morpho and the Open Identity Exchange (OIX UK). The organizations will test the use of public sector

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

EU approve Advent’s acquisition of Morpho subject to smartcard business sale

European Union antitrust regulators have approved private equity firm Advent International‘s €2.4 billion (US$2.57 billion) acquisition of Safran’s identity and security solutions firm Morpho, conditional on the sale of Morpho’s payment smart card business in France. The move comes a few months after Safran Identity & Security CEO Anne Bouverot discussed the pending acquisition of Morpho by Advent in a Q&A interview. The European Commission focused its investigation on the companies’ overlapping activities in smart card markets, as Advent International

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”

EU’s customer authentication rules could create challenges for corporate cards

AirPlus International warned that the proposed European Union regulations for increasing card security could prevent the booking and payment processes that occur through travel management firms and online corporate booking services, from functioning, according to a report by Business Travel News. The second Payment Services Directive, which is set to take effect in January 2018, aims to regulate new types of payment service providers, freeze card surcharges and improve the security of online payments. “At the moment, it is completely

EAB lobbies EU Parliament to enhance biometric testing

The European Association for Biometrics (EAB) sent a letter to the European Parliament last month requesting legislation to enable easier access to data required for testing biometrics products and systems. The Management Board and Advisory Council of the EAB stated that it believed an “overly restrictive and non-harmonized legal infrastructure hinders the testing of biometric systems and products for large scale settings, even when applying appropriate safeguards.” The letter notes that “due to the lack of proper provisions the owners

EU-funded projects developing facial recognition avatar border guards, handheld scanners

European Dynamics is developing a facial recognition-based border control system that begins screening travelers before they even leave their home, according to a report by Robohub. Anastasia Garbi, head of R&D at European Dynamics, said the technology allows travelers to use their personal computer, without expert or specialized scanners. Travelers take photos of their passport, visa and proof of funds and upload them to a website. They can then use their webcam to answer a series of questions from the

EU training network to focus on early stage research in mobile biometrics

AMBER (enhAnced Mobile BiomEtRics), a new EU-funded Training Network, has detailed its plans to address current issues related to biometric solutions on mobile devices in new projects. The network will comprise 10 integrated Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher (ESR) projects across five EU universities, along with the support of seven industrial partners. In a statement, AMBER said the network’s aim is to “collate Europe-wide complementary academic and industrial expertise and to train and equip the next generation of researchers to