Dutch Consortium provider IDEMIA deploying a European digital travel credential pilot between Canada and the Netherlands

Dutch Consortium provider IDEMIA deploying a European digital travel credential pilot between Canada and the Netherlands

IDEMIA, the global leader in identity technology, is partnering with a Dutch Consortium consisting of the Ministry of Justice & Security, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Defence/Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, co-funded by the European Commission. IDEMIA is the technology partner for the world’s first transatlantic Digital Travel Credential Pilot.

IDEMIA is the technology provider for the European Union (EU) DTC-1 Pilot. The program was launched by the European Commission (EC) to test the DTC on KLM flights between Canada and the Netherlands for three months.

DTC is a virtual credential derived from a state-issued passport and stored on the holder’s smartphone. It is an exact representation of the electronic machine-readable travel document which includes the holder’s biographical data and facial image.

From a security perspective, passport checks at different checkpoints of the journey are considered to be crucial. By applying digital technologies to improve this essential process, IDEMIA is contributing to making it more convenient for travellers while safeguarding their privacy and security.

Participating travellers can create their DTC on a dedicated mobile app that is able to read the chip of a physical travel document. Travellers can then take a selfie, which will be compared to the photo stored in the chip of their travel document. Once created, they will be able to share in advance the data and entry questionnaire relevant to their journey with the airline for biometric boarding and to border control authorities for biometric border crossing purposes. Only a biometric match and a tap of the passport is necessary upon arrival.

This pilot facilitates the traveller’s journey, making it smoother, faster and more comfortable, all the while safeguarding their security and privacy.

Belgian, Canadian, and Dutch passengers traveling from Montreal to Amsterdam via KLM and willing to participate in the pilot will still have to bring a physical passport.

The pilot is co-funded by the European Commission in order to be tested and approved in real-life boarding and border conditions for three months, before most likely being deployed at a broader European level.

“We are very proud to provide our technology to the Consortium that put European innovation as a banner. IDEMIA has always worked in the Identity & Travel Industry to continuously innovate and maintain safe and smooth travel in the face of complex security challenges. The DTC-1 pilot is taking seamless travel one step further by simplifying the travel process, safeguarding privacy, security and global interoperability”.

NatWest offers digital ID services

NatWest offers digital ID services

Amid banks being urged to stake out an active role in digital trust economy – and exploit emerging opportunities to enhance their revenue-generating potential – NatWest Group has entered a partnership with ID provider OneID, merging digital ID into finance ecosystem. to offer its new Customer Attribute Sharing service as an digital ID.

OneID will provide NatWest verification and authentication to secure customer access to their personal data for purposes such as e-document signing, quick onboarding and age verification requests, but not exclusive to these use cases.

The Customer Attribute Sharing service mediates between businesses accessing customers personal and customers being able to give their consent and keep control over sharing their bank-held information.

Claire Melling, Head of Bank of APIs at NatWest Group, commented: “We recognise that our customers are spending more time on digital platforms and so we’re focusing on embedding our services in our customers’ daily lives. Moreover, as a trusted institution, we have a key role to play in the emerging concept of digital identity. Our new Customer Attribute Sharing service will provide our customers with a safe, secure and convenient way to verify their identity online, while enabling businesses to speed up and streamline customers’ online experiences. We’re excited that, through our collaboration with OneID, businesses and consumers are now experiencing the benefits of this service.”

Martin Wilson, CEO of OneID, said about the partnership:

“We are delighted to be working with NatWest Group on their Customer Attribute Sharing. As an organisation committed to making the world a safer place, OneID can digitally verify details for over 40m UK citizens, protecting them from fraud and identity theft when online. Our partnership with NatWest will help businesses streamline their customer service and reduce costs, for example when registering new customers or setting up direct debit payments.”



TECH5 Group form large partnership to create a decentralised identity-based biometric access control solution

TECH5 Group form large partnership to create a decentralised identity-based biometric access control solution

PassiveBolt, ZKTECO USA, PDQ Manufacturing, and TECH5 Group have announced their partnership and plans to develop a new biometric access control solution based on decentralised identity technology. This collaboration is aimed at delivering a more secure and efficient way for businesses to manage access to their premises using biometrics, but without needing to store or control biometric data.

The new solution combines the decentralized identity technology of PassiveBolt, the biometric readers of ZKTECO USA, the door locks of PDQ, and the digital identity container technology for encrypted storage of biometric and other data of the identity holder – T5-Cryptograph – of TECH5. This will enable businesses to utilise biometric matching to authenticate the identity of individuals before providing access to physical areas or digital resources.

“Biometric authentication is a growing trend as businesses search for user-friendly methods to secure their facilities and systems and authorise access,” said Kabir Maiga, CEO of PassiveBolt. “Through our collaboration with ZKTECO USA, PDQ Manufacturing, and TECH5, we can provide a highly secure, decentralised solution that eliminates the need for centralized identity management systems along with its associated privacy and security risks.”

The new solution will employ decentralized identity technology, providing an extra layer of security and privacy. This technology allows individuals to store and manage their own identity data, making it more difficult for hackers to gain access to sensitive information from centralized storage. It is compliant by design with all privacy laws, including BIPA and CCPA.

“We are excited to partner with PassiveBolt, PDQ Manufacturing, and TECH5 to create a new biometric access control solution that leverages decentralised identity technology,” said Manish Dalal, President of ZKTECO USA. “This partnership demonstrates our commitment to innovation and our belief in the importance of biometric authentication as a key element of modern security systems.”

“A decentralised digital identity verified biometrically will become key for access control, especially when it uses revocable biometrics and verification on edge. We believe that this partnership and our innovative approach will provide the access control market with a unique and highly effective solution that is convenient and secure for both – management of buildings and users,” said Rahul Parthe, Co-founder, Chairman, and CTO of TECH5 Group.

The partners will show the first demo of the solution during ISC West, March 28th to 31st, at ZKTECO USA’s booth. The ready-to-implement solution will be available later in 2023 and will be

marketed to businesses across various sectors, including hospitality, offices, residential, healthcare, and government.

Entrust survey: More than half of population consider passwords a thing of the past, in favour of digital IDs for convenience

Entrust survey: More than half of population consider passwords a thing of the past, in favour of digital IDs for convenience

Some insights can be gleaned from Entrust’s report on the ‘Future of Identity’ which reveals that customers are the native decision makers reshaping digital identity trends of the future, corroborating Finextra’s findings into customers spearheading innovation in digital banking.

Consumers of digitalisation and active customers, they drive the demand and upscaling challenge placed on technology providers, banks, government and other private entities to meet convenience, user experience and security standards that earn their trust.

The report comments on the acceleration of digital identities at a much faster pace than awareness in the market of privacy considerations and general lack of knowledge around eIDs.

Is it time to move beyond password authentication? Even multiple-factor passwords improving on a standard method of verification has been criticised as being outdated compared to newer digital identity method and biometrics, promoting a strategy change by social media platforms such as Twitter to implement a pay barrier to bots.

While password authentication is often popular and familiar with users in practice for authenticating, the report suggests passwords have largely fallen out of favour with the population as other methods have overtaken the poll ratings.

Biometrics threaten to dethrone a growing inventory of passwords credentials.

Jenn Markey, Vice President of Payments & Identity at Entrust said: “The pace of commerce and business is moving faster than ever before, and as a result our lives are becoming more digital.

“As organisations and governments bring more digital services online, it’s becoming clear that the road to digital transformation has been bumpy, at times leaving users behind. With this survey, we set out to help leaders understand how users feel about the journey thus far, and how organizations can navigate the future of identity.”

Only 6% of consumers said passwords are the most secure method.

When given the option between biometrics or a password, 58% of respondents choose to use biometrics over half the time.

Kingdom of Bahrain awarded HID e-passport solution

Kingdom of Bahrain awarded HID e-passport solution

Kingdom of Bahrain is to receive HID Global’s end-to-end ePassport solution which will grant them access to join the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s Public Key Directory that enables mutual access and sharing of passport data between 180 member companies.

HID solution will significantly augment the Kingdom’s digital travel journey from transitioning from a machine-readable passport to an e-passport solution supported  by HID’s chip operating system SOMA™ and HID Integrale™ that enrols biometric and biographic data of citizens.

Craig Sandness, Senior Vice President and Head of Secure Issuance and Citizen ID Solutions said: “HID is proud to help support Bahrain’s vision for citizens to travel more easily and securely. We have a long-standing relationship with the Kingdom of Bahrain and we look forward to extending it by delivering a full end-to-end ePassport solution”.

The ePassport simplifies many processes in travel such as managing immigration and ensuring free and easy travel, facilitating visa applications and easing congestion at automated border control systems.

The design of the passport is been crafted to reflect the history and heritage of Bahrain but is built with the highest level of security features, including a colour portrait of the passport holder protecting the integrity of the document against counterfeiting and fraud. Transmitted light exposes a watermark feature under the portrait layer of the citizen.


Digital Nomad Visa: Exploring functional IDs available in a remote working world 

Digital Nomad Visa: Exploring functional IDs available in a remote working world 

What Is a Digital Nomad Visa?

What Is a Digital Nomad Visa? Digital Nomad Visas are a functional ID that aligns with the world’s new norm of remote working from any location which arose during the pandemic and now complements a preferred lifestyle that many aspire to have.

Applicants obtaining a digital Nomad Visa tend to be attracted to the flexibility and freedom that this lifestyle offers and are able to travel extensively to any location and connect to work remotely. However, the Digital Nomad Visa is not a path to gaining citizenship or permanent residency in any country.

It differs event to temporary or long-stay residence visas which allow holders to physically work or live in a foreign country.

Many of these individuals are highly skilled professionals and freelancers that are enabled by having an e-Nomad Visa to stay in a country for a duration of 12 months, which depending on the issuing country can be extended for up to one or more years.

Digital nomads are flourishing due to the growing trends of virtual working and home-schooling making the lifestyle appealing, and appealing to countries that have damaged tourism economies after the pandemic.

Which countries offer Digital Nomad visas?

Several countries arguably obtain the top position for being a great destination to travel and work from remotely as a Digital Nomad visa holder including Georgia which has no visa requirements upon entry where professionals can stay for up to 365 days.

There are conditions on holders to prove occupation and disclose a minimum salary of $2,000 a month or savings of $24,000 on a bank statement. Holders who stay beyond 183 days in Georgia also incur tax duties as a a tax resident paying a medium 20% rate in income tax.

Croatia offers a low-cost option similar but not technically a Digital Nomad Visa to live and remotely work for a period up to 12 months. Non-EU applicants that have steady employment by foreign companies or are freelance meet the eligible criteria. Information on how to apply and what is needed can be found here: https://nomadgirl.co/croatia-digital-nomad-visa-process-requirements/

Other countries enabling an international remote working lifestyle include:

  • Estonia – 1 year visa
  • Costa Rica – with a 2-year Rentista visa for digital Nomads
  • Norway – 2-year Independant Contractor Visa
  • Mexico
  • Portugal
  • Iceland – 6 months, 90 days if applications are made from the Schengen area
  • Argentina
  • The Czech Republic – for a short 1 year stay
  • Germany – 3 year Freelance visa
  • Portugal – valid for 1 year, renew up to 5 years
  • Spain – passing legislation (January 2023) for a 1 year visa
  • Malta – non-EU workers can apply for 1 year visa
  • Plus many more…

View all 53 participating countries: https://nomadgirl.co/countries-with-digital-nomad-visas/

To find out more about which countries offer Digital Nomad Visas and how to apply, visit: https://visaguide.world/digital-nomad-visa/




New AU10TIX CEO gets stuck into role and discusses demand of digital transformation still driving provider to win the market

New AU10TIX CEO gets stuck into role and discusses demand of digital transformation still driving provider to win the market

With experience leading large organisations, Dan Yerushalmi is a suitable fit to be AU10TIX’s new CEO. We caught up with him since his takeover to take the reins of the business to discuss what a future-forward direction would look like.

The challenge of being AU10TIX’s new CEO appealed to him, he said, because it offered huge “opportunity” amid the rapid advancements of digital transformation which accelerated noticeably at the onset of the pandemic.

AU10TIX’s new leader main focus is on continuing to weather the turbulence caused to businesses by the pandemic and exceed demand that remains sky-rocket high to identify 8.5 million people around the world today and in the future .

The potential for digital identity to verification secure, trusted identities is unlimited and AU10TIX is poised to be the provider providing accurate results to win the market.





Somalia reinstates national ID registration after 30 years

Somalia reinstates national ID registration after 30 years

After 30 years of unnoticeable change to Somalia’s digital identity ecosystem, the country is finally breaking a standstill as digitalisation sweeps the rest of the globe. Legislation was endorsed on Saturday for the return of civil registration and the issuance of national ID cards.

The responsibility for innovation to create digital identity and service systems falls upon each country – as shown by the EU’s impending digital wallet and Entry/Exit systems.

Digital identity (eID) systems are a cornerstone in the digital services ecosystem enabling citizen liberties and businesses to operate. This will bring opportunity and innovation to Somalia now legislation has been passed to provide guidelines to reinstating a national ID system.

The country’s national citizen registry crashed in 1991 after a turbulent period of national unrest, instability, disorder and economic trouble leading to the demise of government leadership and subsequently a registration system.

The introduction of national identification cards for every citizen is symbolic of a sense of national order being restored and everyone in society being validated and recognised by being recorded on a national registration database.

Somalia are reinstating civil registration which will allow government and localised authorities to easily identify citizens.

In 2019, an advisory report outlining the proposal of a legal framework to reconcile a digital ID system in Somalia confirmed that the Federal government had received financing from the World Bank through the Somalia Capacity Advancement, Livelihoods and Entrepreneurship scheme through the Digital Uplift Project.

The report stated the digital ID system is “intended to underpin ‘functional’ ID systems and registries (for particular sectoral purposes, e.g. social protection, financial services, etc.) and will strive for interoperability with other existing and future registries”.

The report also reached the conclusion that whilst in the process of procuring and developing a national digital ID system, Somalia lacked the enabling laws and regulations to support “an effective, robust, inclusive and well-governed digital ID system”.

The foundational digital ID system is expected to issue over 1 million unique IDs to the population within the next three years regardless of citizenship status and citizens do not have to produce prior documentation.




Yoti achieves iBeta ISO PAD Level 2 for proprietary passive liveness technology, MyFace

  • MyFace has been awarded iBeta (a NIST accredited lab) ISO PAD Level 2 with 100% attack detection rate
  • Yoti’s passive liveness technology can be used to strengthen age checks, prevent account takeover and protect against identity fraud 

Digital identity company Yoti has announced its proprietary passive liveness technology, MyFace, is now compliant with iBeta ISO PAD Level 2. The technology achieved a 100% attack detection rate. MyFace verifies that a user is a real person, and not a presentation attack such as a printed or digital photo, video or mask – all from a single image. MyFace can strengthen age and identity checks, prevent account takeovers and protect individuals and businesses against the growing risks of identity fraud.


Since achieving iBeta Level 1 in February 2022, Yoti has continued to develop its liveness technology. Level 2 involves training and testing against more expensive, specialist attacks such as 3D printers, resin and latex face masks. To achieve Level 2, the liveness technology must detect 99% of attacks. Yoti achieved a 100% detection rate. Level 2 is the maximum level that iBeta and other NIST-accredited labs currently certify against.


MyFace is a passive solution and only requires a selfie image to complete the liveness check, creating a smooth, inclusive and accessible user experience. The technology does not recognise any faces and does not save any images. It simply checks that the face in the image belongs to a real, live person.


Paco Garcia, CTO at Yoti said, “We’re very proud that our proprietary liveness technology MyFace has achieved iBeta ISO PAD Level 2. It’s a huge achievement for the team and this milestone demonstrates our commitment to delivering very high standards of security solutions.”


Robin Tombs, CEO at Yoti said, “It’s hugely exciting that Yoti’s MyFace passive liveness is now compliant with iBeta ISO PAD Level 2. Businesses around the world can use our passive liveness and world leading facial age estimation to keep their customers safe online. Naturally being Yoti, we have tested MyFace for bias and the model displays very low bias across age, gender and skin tone. To boost transparency and trust in this technology, we are also releasing a new liveness white paper.”


MyFace works alongside Yoti’s existing suite of identity solutions:

  • Strengthen age checks: Yoti’s facial age estimation technology checks the age of a user, and at the same time, MyFace verifies it is a real, live person. This is all completed from a single selfie, creating one seamless experience. The combination of these technologies could be used to create age-appropriate experiences online, protect children from accessing explicit content, and be used in a retail setting for the sale of age-restricted goods.
  • Prevent account takeovers: MyFace can prevent account takeovers and ensure only genuine customers are accessing their accounts or updating important information, such as their bank details.
  • Protect against identity fraud: MyFace can be used as part of an identity verification process to give a high confidence level that the person completing the check is real.
  • Bot detection: MyFace can prevent bots gaining access to information, or detect deepfake faces creating fake accounts.


Notes to editors:



Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, iBeta has been providing critical software testing services for the world’s most trusted brands since 1999. Our full range of on-demand QA software testing services encompasses many different software testing types including functionality testing, mobile testing, website testing, acceptance testing, accessibility testing, and overall quality assurance.



The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is an agency of the United States Department of Commerce whose mission is to promote American innovation and industrial competitiveness. NIST certification means the product in question meets defined standards.


The difference between passive and active liveness:

Active liveness requires the user to take a video of themselves performing certain actions, for example, moving toward and away from the camera, or repeating random words. This then uses AI and / or manual review to complete the check. Passive liveness can be achieved from a single selfie. Passive liveness reduces friction for users and at the same time providing as good as or even better security guarantees, thereby reducing drop off and speeding up the journey of verifying genuine users.


About Yoti

Yoti is a digital identity technology company that makes it safer for people to prove who they are, verifying identities and trusted credentials online and in-person. They now provide verification solutions across the globe, spanning identity verification, age verification, document eSigning, access management, and authentication and leading facial age estimation. Over 13 million people have downloaded the free Yoti Digital ID app across the world. It is available in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Polish. Yoti is certified to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 for ID Verification Services, ISAE 3000 (SOC 2) Type 2 certified for its technical and organisational security processes. For more information, please visit www.yoti.com


Digital verification services framework to be passed before parliament in data bill

Digital verification services framework to be passed before parliament in data bill

Being passed before Parliament members this week is the government’s Data Protection and Digital Information Bill which will include a drafted framework governing consumer-permissioned digital identity verification services used by firms.

Nfcw.com reported the proposals to be brought before Parliament members. The data bill concentrates on provisioning a “strengthened trusted data regime” which is influenced by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. The proposal encompasses a register listing accredited DVS providers delivering digital verification services, although companies would be allowed the space and flexibility to consider how to comply with the data rules including around sharing information.

The parliament hearing could also potentially introduce a trust mark to differentiate companies that have implemented validated verification services from the endless pit of non-accredited identity solutions.

The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill was first introduced last summer and paused in September 2022. Guidelines governing how businesses use digital identities do exist in the Trust Framework which uses careful language scrutinising data compliance within the private sector, particularly in relation to collecting identities through the Right to Work and Rent schemes.

Although verification providers do not currently have to be certified for these checks, the Home Office is in the process of making certification a mandatory requirement.


3 months to go until Identity Week Europe!

3 months to go until Identity Week Europe!

There are exactly 3 months until the opening of Identity Week Europe 2023 in Amsterdam – the first upscaled edition to reflect the size and magnitude of this industry’s innovation.

Our exciting move to Amsterdam is to primarily upgrade a suitable venue to house the breadth of the ecosystem and reflect the upscaling of Identity Week Europe in recent years, which continues to expand with useful use cases and technologies bringing vendors, organisations and identity leaders together.

It is also a central identity hub, enhancing convenient travel for our stakeholders to attend and take part in attitude pivoting discussions about the next steps to innovate and implement ground-breaking identity technologies and solutions in the ecosystem.

Prepare to be invigorated – join over 4,000 attendees, 200 speakers, 250 exhibitors and start-ups over 2 days at the RAI Amsterdam.

The entire identity ecosystem will be in Amsterdam from 13-14 June, seeking the latest tech and partnerships to solve the biggest issues facing identity today. Book your place today https://lnkd.in/eswUkew6


The future of Digital Banking will be open, North America lagging behind European regulation

The future of Digital Banking will be open, North America lagging behind European regulation

Finextra’s report summarises the certain future of digital banking for North America which the banking sector is hurtling towards due to growing customer demands.

In the report, young generations and millennials are described as the native consumers of digitalisation and active customers in today’s global market transferring in-store based experiences and consumer purchasing behaviour into the online space.

As such, traditional banks are in a pressured environment to adapt to the pace of innovation and pursue new emerging revenue streams.

The influence of young digital natives has pushed for change in the way we pay for goods and services more efficiently and quickly and expect personalised digital customer experience with chatbots.

Open banking could become such a phenomenon that Finextra’s report predicts that it could transform 8% of U.S. e-commerce. The Financial services are having to evolve to the chime of consumer needs and demands dictating in Central America that they must explore alternative virtual pay options within digital wallet, crypto usage, and QR-based transactions.

Open banking solves banks and customers’ desire to simplify a common method of onboarding which anticipates what users need to be authenticated quickly.

It is very well fuelling the arrival and integration of open banking into the financial sector, however, the regulation environment in the United States requires reform for fraud mitigation and banks on the defensive to engage in industry-led collaboration to make open banking mainstream.

As it stands the U.S landscape lags behind Europe in establishing a regulatory framework that governs how data is collected and protected while bolstering innovation and driving openness.

Innovation will not only be fast-tracked by meeting customers’ satisfaction and encircling the right frameworks around open banking but spiking fraud and vulnerabilities with new technology will naturally spark resistance to huge losses. As the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported, $547 million loses were accumulated as a result of customers grappling with new technologies.

The pandemic stoked customers to migrate to digital payment methods leaving some new the technology vulnerable to sophisticated fraud attacks.

Wells Fargo mentioned, “as the pandemic has proven, we have reached the tipping point for the way customers want to manage their money, with digital adoption growing at an unprecedented rate”.

They added: “The investments we are making build on the digital foundation for the company and reduce risk, while also creating digital-first experiences and embracing technology to evolve ahead of customer expectations…we believe new digital experiences will ultimately improve customer satisfaction, and allow our bankers to focus on more complex needs for customers.”


Lloyds bank invests in Yoti’s reusable digital identity proposition

Lloyds bank invests in Yoti’s reusable digital identity proposition

Lloyds Banking Group has heavily invested £10 million in digital identity to create safer customer experiences onboarding, authenticating and making transactions where fraud remains a top challenge.

Digital identity company Yoti received the tender and this latest funding round which follows key milestones since it was launched back in November 2017, including a variety of partnerships with Heathrow Airport – to expand biometric safe travel for passengers – installing age verification self-service checkouts at NCR and Yubo and Facebook – implementing age assurance to safeguard young people online.

The investment supports the advancement of innovative technology to keep people’s financial assets and livelihoods safe through the online space, tackle increasingly prevalent types of identity fraud, and give more control to account holders over their personal data.

Kirsty Rutter, FinTech Investment Director at Lloyds Banking Group, said:

“We are thrilled to be supporting Yoti and their experienced, passionate team with their work to further protect people online, through developing and growing digital identity solutions.

We know how important fintechs and technology partners are for delivering better outcomes for our customers and this investment represents another step forward in our plans to strengthen the UK’s financial ecosystem and is a crucial part of how we help Britain prosper.”

Yoti offer a range of digital identity solutions but more recently has struck partnerships and deals using its age estimation technology and patent applications around biometric liveness authentication, anti-spoofing to penetrate in particular the retail market – uphold purchase laws on alcohol and age-restricted products – and partnership up with social media platforms,.

Yoti also rapidly climbed in popularity to be selected by the Government of Jersey to be its digital identity provider.

Breaking into the financial services, the investment will launch a reusable digital identity proposition leveraging Yoti’s existing solutions, which includes a free digital ID app to enable mobile customers to privately, securely and seamlessly prove their identity when they authenticate or onboard.

Robin Tombs, CEO at Yoti commented in relation to the partnership:

“The combination of their expertise in financial services and our digital identity solutions will bring security to even more businesses, people and communities. We will make it easier and safer for individuals to prove who they are and enable businesses to have more trust and confidence in the identity of their customers.”

The investment in Yoti is Lloyds Banking Group’s second investment of 2023, following a successful round of investments in 2022. These investments are headed up by the Group’s recently formed Fintech Investment team, which focuses on identifying and exploring opportunities for investment into fintech at Seed to Series B.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services updates biometrics collection policy

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services updates biometrics collection policy

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has revised its policy guidances around mobile biometrics collection for benefits applications.

In most cases, the guidelines stipulate that a person must attend a biometrics appointment at a local support services centre in-person to provide biographic and biometric information upon a request to submit a benefits application. The applicant providing their biometrics must also bring a valid physical photo ID with them such as a driving license or passport and the Form I-797C.

In line with the U.S. strict attitude on biometrics, any candidate that fails to comply with the requirements or turn up to an in-person meeting will have their application refused. According to the website, it says exemptions would be made if USCIS receives a change of address or rescheduling request.

If a medical reason or disability is disclosed, preventing the individual from attending a biometrics appointment or provide fingerprint biometrics, USCIS may offer to provide domestic mobile biometric services at their discretion or in other extenuating circumstances, such as living in a remote location.

Biometrics are not collecting from persons in incarceration.


Bahrain bank launches campaign with cash prize for onboarded customers

Bahrain bank launches campaign with cash prize for onboarded customers

Al Salam Bank in Bahrain is launching a campaign offering a cash incentive if new customers digitally onboard, after acquiring and migrating customer services from AIthmaar Bank.

In November 2022, the bank’s annual financial report was published indicating end of year net profits of around BD 6.8 million for the third quarter of 2022 – a 22% increase attributed to mainstream banking activities.

The campaign aims to encourage customers migration to using Al Salam Bank services since the acquisition, a further sign of business booming.

New customers who digitally onboard and open accounts through the bank between February and December 2023 will be entered into a monthly cash draw to win BHD 250.

Mr. Mohammed Buhijji, Head of Retail Banking at Al Salam Bank, said:

“At Al Salam Bank we proudly implement a digital-first mindset, enabling us to elevate our client’s experiences with innovative, smart, and efficient banking services. As such, we have launched our recent campaign with the aim of encouraging clients to adopt digital services and make use of their range of benefits and 24/7 availability, offering users a guaranteed convenient and seamless banking journey. We encourage everyone to join Al Salam Bank through our various digital services for an exceptional digital journey, the chance to win cash prizes of BHD 250, and benefit from a number of features and exclusive rewards.”


Celebrating women in identity

Celebrating women in identity

On this International Women’s Day, we want to take the chance to highlight and celebrate female identity thought leaders within the ecosystem that have always driven and continue to drive successful use cases and bring solutions to the forefront in a largely dominant male field.

Gender discussion is so important to unlocking the full power of workforces and sparking innovation, but it is also a basic right for every woman to work in a fair and supportive working environment with equal pay and opportunity. Two sides of the discussion lie in addressing gender bias and poorer representation of women in the identity industry, and eliminating technological bias.

The identity industry is constantly making strides towards stamping out gender imbalances within the identity industry and this includes levels of inherent bias in technologies. A sign of change in the ecosystem, most credible solution providers are now attaining top NIST rankings for accuracy in tech that proves mitigation of bias between the genders and different demographic groups.

The industry’s awareness and attention to bias is a prime example of why identity is one of the most diversifying sectors which not only aims to promote fair representation and treatment in the professional working environment, but also ensures that the need to identify and scrutinise everyone as a potential threat is fair, universal and not discriminatory based on race, gender or other factors.

It is CEOs and founders that are making gender diversity a priority to address within their workforces, changing the landscape of the industry and faces that attend Identity Week. The term ‘quota’ is counterproductive to our objectives for true equality; the natural tide change in the industry supporting female talent in identity is enabling a seamless process of ensuring everyone who is part of the identity ecosystem is in the same room at Identity Week Europe, Asia and America.

Identity Week sessions focus on gender based issues, including barriers to women working and obtaining leadership roles, which has an impact on preventing technical progress of technologies and identity-related use cases.

Identity Week Europe has an impressive lineup of female speakers. They include:

Keily BlairChief Strategy & Operations Officer (CSOO)OnlyFans

Anouk CartrysseR&D AdvisorNetherlands Ministry of the Interior

Louise ColeHead Customer Experience & FacilitationIATA

Catherine FankhauserDirector of Identity Security SolutionsSicpa

Natalie JonesDirector, Digital IdentityGovernment Digital Service, UK Cabinet Office

Marit HoefslootConcept developerWaag futurelab

OIX criticises UK govt’s centralised digital ID system

OIX criticises UK govt’s centralised digital ID system

The Open Identity Exchange opposes a government centralised digital ID system for citizens in favour of a decentralised private model, which typically hands back control to users over their personal data and digital credentials.

Chief strategist Nick Mothershaw has been very vocal about his criticisms of the stance taken by Tony Blair Institute, which attracted the media spotlight recently due to comments made by Tony Blair and William Hague calling for a government-issued national digital ID card and national datasets.

In stark contrast, Mothershaw contested that a digital ID card and a centralised system compiling the data of every citizen would be instrumental to making Britain a technological innovative leader and dominant economy.

“Digital IDs are complex”, he said, criticising the comments of two of the most prominent names in British politics.

He proposed a “smart” digital wallet that integrated both private and public produced ID and digital credentials that met all user’s needs and allowed the user’s control over sharing their personal information.

“In our view, government should focus on issuing user managed ID proofs into certified private sector smart digital IDs, or wallets, Mothershaw said. “This will allow the private sector to provide users innovative smart digital ID services that blend trusted ID proofs from government, with public and private sector credentials.”




Panel announcements – Identity Week Europe 2023!

Panel announcements – Identity Week Europe 2023!

With Identity Week Europe 2023 fast approaching we want to highlight some of the inspiring and industry leading panel sessions we have lined up.Register before midnight on Friday 10th March to reserve your place and save 40% on conference passes before the price goes up!

Staying a step ahead of counterfeiters and fraudsters drives innovative document design.

Representatives from the governments of Moldova, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and from Europe’s border protection body come together and discuss their strategies for fighting document fraud.

Cross-sector experts examine applications for identity and blockchain within finance, telcos, and wallets.

As more and more industries explore the blockchain, this panel features experiences and perspectives from blockchain professionals at the forefront of tech adoption.

Jenetric secures US patent for multiple finger interaction on mobile phone’s displays

Jenetric secures US patent for multiple finger interaction on mobile phone’s displays

A new solution developed by JENETRIC can be used to expand the use of fingerprint recognition for touchscreen displays has been awarded a patent by the US patent office.

In addition to traditional fingerprint scanners for the homeland security market, Jenetric is also exploring the use of TFT optical technology for display fingerprint sensors for cell phones. An important milestone was reached with a recently granted patent describing the use of multiple fingers on one display sensor.

By the new approach, multiple fingers can be recognized simultaneously on the touchscreen fingerprint sensor. Rather than just unlocking the phone or opening an application, fingerprints can be used to control individual applications in terms of security levels, permissions or what actions are triggered.

“Having multiple fingers recognized on one screen opens up a new spectrum of how apps are used with mobile devices. Opening an email client might require just one finger, whereas opening a financial app would require two fingers, and performing an actual financial transaction would require all four fingers to be verified.”, explains Roberto Wolfer, CEO of Jenetric.

In addition to controlling security levels and application permissions, overall convenience can be increased by assigning different fingers to different actions. For example, the copy and paste procedure can be accomplished by having one finger allocated for copying text and another finger for pasting it. Different finger angles can also be used to simulate writing on a touchscreen with a finger instead of a stylus.

“Although fingerprint sensors integrated in an entire mobile phone’s display are not yet available on a product level, this new method demonstrates the potential of using multiple fingerprints on a mobile phone or other touchscreen display. Controlling your smart home, your car, or ATM will be much more secure by using the patented solution.”

Jenetric are experts for digital fingerprint capture. We develop and manufacture biometric fingerprint scanners that meet today’s requirements for simplicity, mobility and multi-purpose use. Our products are based on a holistic design. We focus not only on technical parameters, but much more on a noticeable simplification of fingerprint capture for operators and users.

91% of firms increasing their expenditure on ID verification

91% of firms increasing their expenditure on ID verification

New research shows that 91% of businesses recognise the value of increasing their expenditure on identity verification in the next 1-3 years to secure their data and alleviate identity fraud, 43% admitted.

Identity verification is already embedded into ensuring seamless user experiences and security in many industries and the public sector with banks, for example, looking to excel beyond traditional trust services and be immersed in the digital identity ecosystem. Almost two-thirds of companies already deploy digital document verification (65%), particularly in the financial sector, and 60% use fingerprint recognition.

The increased effort of these businesses could result in an extra 20% splurge on bigger budgets for identity verification technologies, providing customers centricity and assurance and digitalisation.

94% are likely to come onboard with levelling up identity verification in the coming year as findings also revealed businesses had high expectations on making meaningful returns on their investment from delivering customer satisfaction, faster and simpler onboarding processes.

The report was commissioned by Regula who said: “The IDV market will inevitably grow, and we surely haven’t yet seen its peak. With the number of new users rising non-stop, along with the general trend towards digitalisation, businesses will have to adapt and implement new methods of onboarding and verification of their customers. It may sound like a challenge to embed a wide spectrum of various IDV solutions; however, the whole process can be easily organised with a single solution from one vendor whose comprehensive approach to IDV solution development makes it possible to cover all the steps in identity verification”.

Sapio Research Conducting these findings in December 2022 and January 2023 surveying remotely 1,069 fraud management decision leaders across the financial services, Technology, Telecoms, and Aviation sectors.