FIDO Alliance announces Samsung/PayPal FIDO authentication deployment
25 February 2014 14:41 GMT

FIDO Alliance announces Samsung/PayPal FIDO authentication deployment

The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance has announced the first deployment of FIDO authentication. Founding FIDO board member PayPal, and their partner Samsung, have announced a collaboration that enables Samsung Galaxy S5 users to login and shop with the swipe of a finger in online, mobile and in-store payments wherever PayPal is accepted.

With FIDO Ready software on the device and the new Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor, users will securely and privately communicate between their device and PayPal's service in the cloud. PayPal will be the first global payments company to support Samsung's mobile fingerprint authentication technology.

"We congratulate PayPal and Samsung on their partnership, and their graphic demonstration of the value proposition that FIDO technologies bring - a login experience that is radically easier for consumers than passwords; and one that is simultaneously much stronger for Internet services," said Michael Barrett, president of the FIDO Alliance. "While this first deployment of FIDO Ready technology leverages a biometric - a simple swipe of a finger - we anticipate FIDO authentication to emerge in many forms and applications, through many providers and as a result of many more innovative partnerships dedicated to moving beyond passwords with more secure, private, easier-to-use authentication."

The PayPal/Samsung deployment of FIDO authentication relies on a PayPal secure wallet in the cloud, which does not store personal information on the device. Customers can use their finger to authorize PayPal payments directly from their new Samsung Galaxy S5, because the FIDO Ready software on the device securely communicates between the fingerprint sensor on their device and PayPal's service in the cloud. Per FIDO specifications, the only information a user's device shares with PayPal is a unique encrypted key that allows PayPal to verify the identity of the customer without having to store any biometric information on PayPal servers.

Starting in April, FIDO authentication from PayPal and Samsung will be available in 26 markets globally, including Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Russia, United Kingdom and United States.