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June 2020

IDEMIA and Sopra Steria Sign Biometric Database Contract with eu-LISA

The contract was awarded following a competitive call for tender (LISA/2019/RP/05 EES BMS and sBMS) by eu-LISA. Under the contract, which has a four year term extendable for up to six years, the consortium needs to complete the development of the sBMS by 2022.

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May 2020

ID Enabled Digital Government Services – Now More Than Ever

Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, there was growing evidence of the benefits for eGovernment solutions being accessed by a citizen’s eID. We take a look at two different perspectives on this: one from professional services firm Ernst & Young (EY), from before the outbreak, and the other more recent one from identity solutions provider, Veridos.

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April 2020

Contact Tracing COVID-19 Without Disclosing Identity

Apple and Google are jointly developing technology to alert people if they have recently come into contact with others found to be infected with coronavirus. The two companies believe their approach – designed to keep users, whose participation would be voluntary and anonymous – addresses privacy concerns.

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March 2020

Singapore Plans to Launch Facial Recognition

The government of Singapore has set out a technology timeline that it believes will eliminate the need for paper document checks entirely by 2025.

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February 2020

UK Passport

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU), new UK passports issued from March will start to have a blue cover. The passports will also have enhanced specifications, reduced carbon footprint and a new design.

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January 2020

Bangladesh Starts Transition to ePassports

On 22 January, Bangladesh’s Department of Immigration and Passports (DIP) opened a new personalisation and issuance centre for applicants for the new Bangladesh electronic passport.

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