Multimodal biometric access control terminal gets French privacy watchdog approval
28 July 2011 12:22 GMT

Thumbs up for multimodal access control in France

Morpho has announced that MorphoAccess VP, its multimodal physical access control terminal, has received authorisation from the CNIL (Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés), France’s Data Protection Authority.

The company says that this is the first time that a multimodal biometric device has been approved for access control in a workplace in France.

MorphoAccess VP combines finger vein and fingerprint recognition. The CNIL considered that the device’s security features provide a sufficient safeguard against identity fraud, function creep or the misuse of personal data.

From the outset, the product was developed based on the Privacy by Design principle. This means that Morpho worked closely with CNIL experts to ensure the product’s full compliance with security and data protection requirements. The authorization covers use of the device in identification mode, where biometric data is stored in the terminal’s internal database.

“In France, companies have to obtain CNIL authorization before installing biometric systems. I am proud that our MorphoAccess VP terminal is the first multimodal device to have received this seal of approval," highlighted Jean-Paul Jainsky, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Morpho.