European Commission to propose recommendations for fintech firms next year

The European Commission said it will likely propose recommendations for financial technology firms early next year, which marks the first step towards assessing the risks and rewards presented by the emerging sector, according to a report by the Financial Post. “It brings huge opportunities for consumers and for industry,” said EU financial services commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis. “Our task force will help us make sure that our policy supports the pursuit of these opportunities, while addressing any risks that may emerge.”

EAB Research Projects Conference to take place in two weeks

Later this month, the EAB Research Projects Conference 2016, Europe’s largest conference on research in the area of biometrics and identity management funded by the European Commission, will be co-located with the IEEE BIOSIG conference in Darmstadt, Germany. Biometrics and identity management are key research topics that are currently investigated in a variety of EU projects running under the seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and in the Horizon 2020 research program. The European Association for Biometrics (EAB) and numerous EU research

EU entry-exit border security system proposed

In an effort to improve external border management and better monitor over-stayers, the European Commissioner on Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship has presented a revised proposal from 2013 to create an “EU Entry-Exit System” (EES). The Commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said that the original proposal from 2013 estimated the set up cost to be €1.1 billion. “Crossing an EU border will never be the same again,” suggested Avramopoulos. “It will be automated and will be done through self service kiosks and

U.S. and EU agree to new data protection pact

After two years of negotiations, the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce recently reached an agreement for a new framework for transatlantic exchanges of personal data for commercial purposes. The new arrangement, entitled the EU-US Privacy Shield, will provide stronger obligations on companies in the U.S. to protect the personal data of Europeans and stronger monitoring and enforcement by the U.S. Department of Commerce and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), including through increased cooperation with European data protection authorities.

IBIA responds to new EU-US privacy framework for secure data transfers

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) has urged United States and EU Commission negotiators involved in implementing the new Privacy Shield agreement to ensure that the privacy system they form represents a strong, consistent, and easily understandable procedure which facilitates secure data transfers between Europe and the United States. On February 2, the EU-US negotiating team announced the “Privacy Shield” agreement, a new framework for effectively managing data flows between Europe and the United States. Privacy Shield includes a

EC funding project to identify and authenticate‎ post-secondary students

The European Commission is funding a three-year, US$7.7 million project to create an online evaluation system for universities. The project, entitled “Adaptive Trust-based E-System Assessment for Learning”, or TeSLA for short, aims to define and develop an online assessment system, or e-assessment, that both identifies and authenticates post-secondary students in learning environments. The system works to identify students and verify authorship of their academic work through a combination of state-of-the-art technologies, including: facial recognition, voice recognition, typing pattern recognition and

EC awards Greece emergency funding to acquire 90 fingerprinting devices

Earlier this month, the European Commission awarded Greece €1.36M ($1.5M USD) in emergency funding from the from the Internal Security Fund (ISF) to acquire 90 fingerprinting devices to ensure proper identification and registration of migrants at Greek border crossings. The 90 fingerprint devices and workstations will be connected to the central EURODAC system to enable sharing of information, and will be installed at border crossing points throughout the country, including on the Eastern Aegean islands ensuring proper operation of the

European Commission VP says fingerprinting refugees at borders would curb militant threats

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said that fingerprinting and registering all refugees arriving in Europe would curb militant threats, according to a report by Reuters. Timmermans said the EU would be better equipped to accommodate the surge of refugees and migrants by increasing protection at its external borders and ensuring that individuals who are ineligible for asylum are sent back to their home countries. In response to concerns brought forward by authorities in some member states on how the

European Association for Biometrics to host second European research conference

European Association for Biometrics announced it is organizing the EAB Research Projects Conference 2015 (EAB-RPC), Europe’s largest conference on research in the area of Biometrics and Identity Management on September 7-8 at Fraunhofer IGD in Darmstadt, Germany. The second EAB Research Projects Conference 2015, which is funded by the European Commission, will be colocated with the IEEE BIOSIG conference that will take place later that same week. The EAB and numerous EU FP7 projects, namely FIDELITY, FastPass, BEAT, FutureID, MobilePass,

Spain’s Ministry of Security to implement biometric border control management system

Spain’s Ministry of Security has posted a public tender contract for the supply and installation of a new biometric border control management system to facilitate all vehicles and pedestrians crossing between Cadiz province and the British colony of Gibraltar, according to a report by El Confidential Autonomy. The border control management system will help accelerate the long queues of cars and pedestrians that occur when entering and leaving Gibraltar to Spain, as well as maintain controls to prevent smuggling. Tendered