IBIA comments on efforts to reduce maritime security risk by leveraging biometrics

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) has published a new focus paper commenting on the U.S. Coast Guard’s efforts to reduce maritime security risk by leveraging biometrics and advanced smart card technology. The paper, Maritime Security Enhanced through Biometric Readers, authored by Walter Hamilton, Vice Chairman, IBIA, comments on the U.S. Coast Guard’s recently published final rule, which outlines the implementation requirements for electronic biometric readers used in conjunction with the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) – a biometric-enabled

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

International Biometrics & Identification Association supports Visa Waiver Program security improvements

In a statement released today, the International Biometrics & Identification Association (IBIA) said that it strongly supports Congressional action to reform the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and congratulates the House for its work on H.R. 158, Visa Waiver Improvement Act of 2015. The IBIA also said that the United States must immediately plan further strengthening of the VWP so that all VWP travelers undergo biometric screening prior to boarding all planes to the U.S. Currently, fingerprints are collected from all