Biometrics are entering everyday activities through emerging technologies

Biometrics underpin the new technologies that people will soon use every day for everything from payments to age checks to public services, as seen in the most read articles of the week on Biometric update. Mastercard is moving to access keys for online transactions, New York is launching mDLs with Idemia technology, Yoti is rolling out age estimation on Facebook, and digital wallets are shifting consumer interactions to a decentralized architecture. Meanwhile, Incode has closed the latest acquisition deal in the sector.

Most important biometrics news of the week

Mastercard plans to tokenize all online transactions in Europe by 2030, eliminating the need for consumers to enter payment card numbers when making e-commerce purchases. Instead, people will use access keys, which Click to Pay says will make Mastercard’s payment system easier to integrate. The result, the payments giant says, will be seamless, accessible and secure interactions across digital channels.

Aviation stakeholders shared their views and experiences with biometrics and AI at IATA’s major industry event last week, as deployments expand around the world. TSA has added another PreCheck application point and CAT-2 biometric scanners have reached two more airports. Curacao implements biometric pre-verification and self-bag drop is live at Kempegowda International in India, but airlines are concerned the EU is moving too quickly with its EES.

Canada’s privacy regulator has asked for public input on its age guarantee guidelines. Meanwhile, across the southern border, laws are attracting legal challenges (in Indiana) and criticism on constitutional and free speech grounds (Mississippi, Tennessee), but they are still being passed (New York). The market is already moving, with Meta last week introducing Yoti’s biometric facial age estimation for Facebook users in Australia as the first step in a global rollout.

Testing and assessment of biometric technologies is increasing, a sign of the industry’s maturity. But as Idemia’s Terresa Wu explained in a webinar, buyers of the technology still face the challenge of understanding how to evaluate features such as accuracy and demographic differences against each other. Ultimately, Idemia recommends a procurement framework with six criteria.

Mobile driver’s licenses are launched in New York with a special app from Idemia. New York’s mDL is based on the ISO standard and is expected to be accepted by a range of government agencies and companies, starting with all TSA checkpoints at airports with CAT-2 biometric scanners.

A pair of bills to limit the use of biometrics in New York City were discussed at a public hearing on Monday, with Robert Tappan of the IBIA and Jake Parker of the SIA representing the biometrics industry. They were outnumbered by those who supported the bills, which would place strict limits on the use of biometrics in public spaces and apartment buildings.

Kaspersky has discovered a series of serious cybersecurity issues in white-label biometric access control terminals from ZKTeco. The five bundles of vulnerabilities can enable SQL injection attacks, biometric data theft, backdoors into adjacent networks, and other security failures. Kaspersky offers advice for organizations waiting for solutions from ZKTeco.

The Philippines introduced new biometric authentication services as it officially launched the country’s national digital identity this week. Online portals for trusting parties to register, and checks of selfie biometrics or authenticity of ID documents have been introduced, and four banks and a fintech company have already agreed to accept the national digital ID.

KuppingerCole’s EIC 2024 noted the arrival of decentralized digital identity in everyday people’s lives, in the form of verifiable credentials and digital wallets. Ping Identity outlined the applications of decentralized IDs in government and financial services and discussed the challenges of clearly explaining the technical concept, and ConnectID discussed reusable digital identity.

Nat Sakimura shares his theory on the role stakeholders have about connections between data points about them in their empowerment, by referencing Hugo’s Les Miserables, in a post on X. His comparison was discussed with Markus Sabadello during a keynote session at EIC.

Incode acquired MetaMap to build a comprehensive suite of digital identity verification tools, including selfie biometrics, liveness detection, risk management and orchestration tools. MetaMap’s COO is moving into the role of CEO, suggesting both companies will continue to operate in some capacity, at least for now.

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