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Dropbox looks to biometrics for added security 20 October 2014

Cloud-based data storage firm Dropbox has added a new level of biometric security to its iOS app by linking to Apple’s Touch ID.

Australian committee rules against biometric plan 20 October 2014

An Australian parliamentary committee has said terror-related plans to collect more biometric data at airports cannot be rushed through. 

INTERVIEW: Senior IHS analyst Marwan Boustany on fingerprint sensors in a mobile world 20 October 2014

Planet Biometrics talks to Marwan Boustany, about the prospects of mobile devices revolutionising the fingerprint sensor market.

Apple puts payments at our fingertips, but at what cost? 20 October 2014

Apple Pay has launched in the US, with some observers hailing it as revolutionary and others questioning whether it will have a major impact.

Abu Dhabi bank launches voice biometrics system 20 October 2014

The Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank is working with Nuance on a voice authentication system for customer transactions.

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Pakistan planning border biometrics scans to tackle trafficking 17 October 2014

Pakistan is planning to install a new biometric system at border gates following a high-profile human trafficking scandal.

Mastercard unveils biometric contactless card 17 October 2014

Mastercard has launched a "world first" contactless payment card featuring a fingerprint sensor, as part of its mission to eradicate passwords and PINs.

INTERVIEW: Natural Security Alliance CEO Cédric Hozanne on mobile payments 17 October 2014

Planet Biometrics talks to Natural Security Alliance CEO Cedric Hozanne about his organisation’s mission to guide the rapidly expanding mobile payments market.

South African telecoms firm launches 'Voice Password' 16 October 2014

Voice authentication service will use pass-phrases to verify against a recorded voice print. 

Diebold integrates finger vein reader into new ATM series 16 October 2014

Diebold latest ATM model features biometric finger vein scanners and an anti-skimming card reader.

Acer working with biometrics firm on payment system 16 October 2014

Taiwanese computing firm Acer is jumping in to the expanding biometric-based mobile payments market.

Turkey’s PM unveils biometric ID card plan 16 October 2014

A biometrics-backed ID card with a number of features is to be launched in Turkey.

Alipay reveals biometric payment innovations in Beijing 16 October 2014

Alibaba’s mobile payments wing stresses that fingerprints and facial recognition will play a big role in its future.

Kenyan officials defend ‘ghost worker’ biometric scheme 15 October 2014

Kenyan officials have said a plan to register civil servants on a biometric scheme does not intend to victimise workers.

Spain to link biometric border gates with tax authority 15 October 2014

Spain is introducing biometric border booths at its border with Gibraltar that will link to government agencies, “in particular” taxation authorities.

Neurotechnology reveals new real-time face identification SDK 15 October 2014

Neurotechnology has added crowd recognition features to the latest version of it facial-recognition surveillance software.

Northern Irish prisons told to halt child biometrics gathering 15 October 2014

A High Court judge in North Ireland has ruled that gathering a 12-year-old’s facial and fingerprint biometrics violated her human rights.

Bionym sends out biometric wristband to developers 14 October 2014

Bionym, the makers of the Nymi wristband device, has released it to developers in hopes of growing an application ecosystem

SuperCom inks biometric eVisa, eGate deal 14 October 2014

SuperCom announces a contract to implement a high-scale biometric visa and border control systems contract for a 'country with a fast-growing economy'.

Indian city to use Aadhaar numbers to clean voter lists 14 October 2014

India’s election commission plans to clean voter lists in Telangana state’s Hyderabad city by linking them to Aadhaar identity numbers.

Tears bring happiness to Australia’s Nemex 14 October 2014

Australian firm Nemex Resources says growing interest in a biometric security firm it is buying has led to a 50% rise in its shares.

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Latest Features/Interviews

INTERVIEW: Senior IHS analyst Marwan Boustany on fingerprint sensors in a mobile world

Planet Biometrics talks to Marwan Boustany, about the prospects of mobile devices revolutionising the fingerprint sensor market.

INTERVIEW: Natural Security Alliance CEO Cédric Hozanne on mobile payments

Planet Biometrics talks to Natural Security Alliance CEO Cedric Hozanne about his organisation’s mission to guide the rapidly expanding mobile payments market.

INTERVIEW: American System’s Dr. Joseph DiZinno on ‘identity intelligence’

Joseph DiZinno was named vice president of identity intelligence at American Systems in early September. In an interview with Planet Biometrics, DiZinno explains his work on ‘identity intelligence’ and covers his colourful past as the FBI’s lab director.

Waving goodbye to queues with your fingerprint?

Advanced optical biometric devices that read fingerprints at walking speed, as users wave their hands through scanners, promise to resolve speed issues raised by previous biometric authentication methods. But experts caution that it may not be so straightforward.

Apple Pay - What do we know?

In this paper, independent transaction security experts UL describe what is known about Apple Pay in both a technical and organizational context, as well as what questions still remain to be answered. 

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Latest Expert Comment and Blogs

Comment: Commercial vein sensor spoofed - so what?

The vein recognition industry has been somewhat immune from the problem of biometric spoof attacks. This perception could gradually change as researchers spoof - at least under specific limitations - a commercial sensor. But one could argue - so what, at least for the majority of use cases…

LIVE at the 2014 Global Identity Summit

Planet Biometrics is following all the breaking news, comment and events at the 2014 Global Identity Summit in Tampa.

 

Guest Blog: Biometrics emerge as tool to tackle electoral fraud

More democratic countries are eyeing adoption of biometric voter identification technologies to help support free and fair elections. Guest blogger, Mohammad Shahnewaz, reports…

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