GenKey announces new version of Biometric BioHASH SDK
22 August 2019 14:38 GMT

GenKey, a biometric technology company that champions Privacy-by-Design, has announced a new release of its Biometric BioHASH SDK designed for small and large-scale enrolment and verification.

This new release provides support for Biometric Asymmetric Key Creation and the Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA) - both important functionalities for protecting users' privacy and boosting information security.

Asymmetric encryption is a cryptographic technique that uses public and private key pairs to, for example, generate a digital signature on a message allowing to verify its origin and authenticity. Only the user or device that has access to the private key can generate a valid signature, which can then be verified using the corresponding public key. With the new functionality embedded in our BioHASH® SDK, our software signs a message using a private key generated from a finger on-the-fly and discards it immediately after use. The private key, therefore, never gets stored anywhere, making it extremely hard for an attacker to steal it. This functionality is a substantial breakthrough that is unique to GenKey and made possible by a new and robust approach to extracting and processing features of a fingerprint and close integration with cryptographic primitives.

 

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ECDSA signatures are used in a wide variety of applications. For example, they are used in Bitcoin to ensure that funds can only be spent by their rightful owners. In the context of the new BioHASH®-D release, it allows a user generating a standardized ECDSA signature on a document using his finger. Moreover, it allows a user to biometrically authenticate himself to a server in a fully private manner.

 

 

According to Dr Tom Kevenaar, Director of Technology, “Our latest release truly builds a bridge between robust biometric verification and advanced cryptographic functionality. It can support secure client/server biometric authentication protocols that keep the biometrics safe even when a server is compromised by hackers. Additionally, this enhanced SDK offers a fascinating opportunity to extend Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) solutions with a biometric proof-of-presence”.

 

Michiel Loeff, CEO of GenKey, said: “Legislations like Europe’s GDPR have underscored the importance of Privacy-by-Design as an intrinsic mechanism for creating secure biometric solutions. As a pacesetter in the biometric ID market with more than 10 years of experience in applying Privacy-by-Design principles, we are proud to announce a second-generation technology with unique characteristics for safeguarding individuals’ privacy”.

 

 

About GenKey

 

GenKey are experts in biometrics. Together with partners, they provide a full range of digital biometric identity products, used by governments, public institutions and businesses. With over 100 million identities verified, GenKey has a proud reputation in supporting developing economies in their efforts to build sustainable biometric identity solutions. GenKey operates globally, with offices in Europe, Africa, and the US.

 

Contact

 

For more information contact:

 

Seth Akumani

 

Marketing Director

 

Email: seth.akumani@genkey.com

 

Phone GH: +233 30 252 2593

 

Phone NL: +31 40 751 3911

 

info@genkey.com

 

www.genkey.com

 

 

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