eBay becomes first ecommerce member of FIDO Alliance
30 March 2016 15:25 GMT

Global auction website eBay has become a member of the FIDO Alliance and announced it will operate FIDO’s Certified open source authentication server.

eBay is the first e-commerce company to directly achieve FIDO certification, and the first to open source a FIDO UAF authentication server.

"eBay is constantly looking for innovative ways to stimulate seamless end-to-end experiences for users across platforms. We believe that biometrics, such as fingerprint technologies, form the bedrock for future authentication methods," said Rajeev Angal, Director, Trust and Identity Engineering at eBay. "eBay recognizes that there needs to be collaboration across different players like hardware, software and commerce in order to establish a set of industry standards for authentication. The FIDO Alliance standards are the foundation for this cross-industry collaboration and interoperability for both service providers like us and the consumer electronics companies providing personal digital devices."

"By joining the Alliance and launching its open source implementations, eBay is showing clear innovation leadership as it positions web and mobile commerce globally for broad-scale deployment of industry standard FIDO authentication," said Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance.