News in Brief

The Cayman Islands government has gazetted two bills – the Identification Register Bill and the Cayman Islands Identification Card Bill – for the creation of a digital identity register and the issuance of ID cards to improve how residents interact with the government.

News - November 24, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Fingerprint Readers Find Uses for Consumers

Fingerprint technology has found a place in a variety of commercial use cases. We can simplify this by considering these in two broad categories – public and personal fingerprint readers.

Biometrics - November 24, 2022 12:01 a.m.

US to Examine Scope of Identity Fraud

As reported in Courthouse News Service, the US Supreme Court has agreed to examine what constitutes identity theft in a fraud after criminal defence lawyers say it is over criminalised by the federal government.

Fraud Detection - November 24, 2022 midnight

‘Good Enough’ – But is it Really?

Governments today face a myriad of challenges when determining the optimum approach for issuing a new identity document. To this end, the incorporation of advanced technologies to address the increasing counterfeit threat is critical.

Editorial - November 24, 2022 midnight

New Liveness Testing Solution from Onfido

Onfido, a leading global digital identity verification and authentication provider, has released ‘Motion’, a next generation biometric liveness solution to enhance its ‘Real Identity Platform’.

Fraud Detection - November 24, 2022 midnight

Belize Launches New ePassport

After a year and a half of planning with a team of designers and technology experts from various Belizean government departments, the administration has introduced a new passport.

Passports - November 24, 2022 midnight

Excitement Growing for THC Online™ 2022

The programme is set, the nominations for awards are in, the speakers are getting ready, all that’s needed now is for more participants to get online and register for The Holography Conference™ Online (THCO), which takes place 5-6 December!

Events - November 24, 2022 midnight

Public Still Unsure What They Want from Digital Identity

There is no doubt that the move from traditional means of identity authentication to digital identities is bringing major benefits of convenience to citizens and consumers, but public acceptance is not global, as these two surveys show.

Digital Identity - November 24, 2022 midnight

Security v Convenience – the Debate Hots Up

A recent technical primer on CXO Bytes, which makes a strong case for the seemingly inevitable growth of biometrics into all aspects of digital identity, marks a good point to reflect on the ongoing debate between ‘security versus convenience’.

Biometrics - November 24, 2022 midnight

Deadline for EES Approaches, ETIAS Postponed

According to the Migration and Home Affairs policy section of the European Union, the Entry/Exit System (EES) for registering travellers from third- countries each time they cross the EU external border is expected to be operational by the end of May 2023.

Travel - November 24, 2022 midnight

TRUSTECH Asks: What Digital Identity Future Do We Want?

The forthcoming TRUSTECH conference will focus on two main themes – identification solutions and innovative payments, which together go a long way to address the question of what digital identity future do we want – and what will we actually get?

Events - November 4, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Company News

De La Rue has announced that it has entered into a five-year extension of its contract with NPA for the sole-source supply of polycarbonate data pages for Australian passports.

News - November 4, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Blueprint for Facial Recognition Regulation

A new report from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Human Technology Institute outlines a model law for facial recognition technology to protect against harmful use of the technology, but also foster innovation for public benefit.

Free - November 4, 2022 midnight

News in Brief

South Korea plans to offer a digital identity secured by blockchain to citizens with a smartphone as it taps into the world’s most tech-savvy population to boost economic growth.

News - November 4, 2022 midnight

META Announces LumaChrome for Government Issued Cards

Functional materials company META has announced that its LumaChrome colour-shifting film can now be applied as a security feature for embedded polycarbonate government identity cards, eIDs and immunity cards through a new digital demetalisation process.

ID Cards - November 4, 2022 midnight

Nepal’s First ePassport from IDEMIA

As a long-term partner of Nepal, IDEMIA has already provided national ID cards, an Automated Fingerprint Identification System and Machine-Readable Passports, and is now implementing an ePassport solution for the country.

Passports - October 4, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Veridos Presents New Verification Devices

Veridos, a leading provider of integrated identity solutions, announced the launch of its new VeriCHECK SelfKiosk and M600 document reader at this year’s Future Travel Experience Global.

Authentication - October 4, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Durasafe® Travel for Secure Data Pages

Last month, IDN reported on Landqart’s partnership with Tech5 to provide a combined solution for a certificate-based document that is durable, secure and biometrically-verifiable.

Passports - October 4, 2022 midnight

News in Brief

Finland has recently notified the EU of its willingness to test out digitising the country’s official documents, making it the first country in the union to experiment with the technology.

News - October 4, 2022 midnight

Who Can You Trust with Your ID Data?

The misuse of personal data is seen as a potential drag on the growth of the ID and secure document sector. But who do people feel they can trust more to protect their ID data – government or the private sector?

Free - October 4, 2022 midnight

South Africa’s New Driving Licence

South Africa could launch a pilot of its new driving licence cards as early as 1 November 2023, and motorists in the country can expect several changes, including a new, more secure design and a possible validity extension to ten years.

Driving Licences - October 4, 2022 midnight

Putting a Face on Anonymous Financial Crime

Hosted by Dubai Police, the World Police Summit will provide a platform to explore the current challenges facing police forces and the latest technology advances, strategies, and innovations across the law enforcement and security spectrum.

Fraud Detection - October 4, 2022 midnight

News in Brief

The US State Department has assembled 25,000 volunteers to try out the new online passport renewal program in advance of the service becoming available to the general public later in 2022.

News - September 5, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Plans for UK Voter ID ‘Unachievable’

Perhaps spurred on by the unfounded allegations of US voters taking on false IDs during the last presidential election, the UK government introduced an Elections Integrity Bill which has been working its way through the UK parliament.

Government - September 5, 2022 midnight

A Bizarre Case of Assumed Identities

The role of the ID and secure document industry is to ensure that procedures and checks are in place that grant each citizen secure access to the rights and privileges that are associated with their unique identity.

Case Studies - September 5, 2022 midnight

Regula Rethinks the Conventional Process of Border Control

The almost unlimited access to high-quality printing services, as well as to sophisticated graphics software, has increased the quality of document forgery in recent years to the point where it is becoming more difficult for border control officers to tell the difference between real and fake secure documents.

Fraud Detection - September 5, 2022 midnight

Experts Call for Plans to Harmonise Taxi Licencing in UK

Currently, there are around 280 local authorities setting distinct rules, processes and fees for motorists wanting to obtain a taxi licence in the UK. But industry experts are now calling for plans to harmonise the procedures in line with the principles of ‘fill it out once’.

Free - September 5, 2022 midnight

Company News

Identity verification company Credas Technologies has been certified to perform digital identity verification for the Right to Work, Right to Rent and anti-money laundering checks that are being mandated in the UK.

News - September 5, 2022 midnight

Landqart and TECH5 Announce Partnership

Manufacturer of secure substrates Landqart and TECH5, an innovator in the field of biometrics and digital identity management, have announced a partnership agreement to provide a solution for certificate-based documents which are secure, durable, and biometrically verifiable against the holder.

Company - September 5, 2022 midnight

Company News

Veridos, a leading provider of integrated identity solutions, has acquired Valid USA’s identity solutions business to further grow its presence in the US market. A particular focus will be on enhancing its driving licence offering.

News - August 1, 2022 midnight

US Government Working on Unique Identity for Immigrants

The Biden administration will create a new identification card for immigrants that will serve as a single card to access immigration files and eventually be accepted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for travel.

Government - August 1, 2022 midnight

Deloitte Unveils ‘Agile Identity’

In an article published in June’s edition of Deloitte Insights, the consultancy firm sets out a new vision of identity and claims that the future of government rests on the future of identity.

Company - August 1, 2022 midnight

HSP Asia 2022 Postponed

Following consultations with various stakeholders over the past few weeks, Reconnaissance International, organiser of the High Security Printing Asia Conference scheduled to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 5-7 December 2022 has regretfully announced its postponement to 4-6 December 2023.

Events - August 1, 2022 midnight

News in Brief

The Finnish government is proposing a digital identification app in 2023 on smartphones and tablets that aims to prevent gender-based discrimination and promote work-based immigration.

News - August 1, 2022 midnight

Health Insurance Firm Commissions Digital Identity Management

German health insurance firm BARMER has commissioned T-Systems and Verimi to provide and manage the digital identities of its 8.7 million policyholders. The contract has a term of seven years, and the companies have not disclosed the contract value.

Digital Identity - August 1, 2022 midnight

White Nights for HSP EMEA

Estonia is famed for its ‘white nights’ in mid-summer, when the sun hardly sets, and for the fact that its citizens are amongst the most tech-savvy in Europe, being one of the top-ranking countries in the world on the UN’s E-Government Development Index.

Events - July 6, 2022 midnight

News in Brief

The Ministry of Public Security will issue new-style passports from 1 July 2022, according to the Vietnam Government Portal. The move implements Circular 73/2021/TT-BCA of the Ministry of Public Security on passport specimens.

News - July 6, 2022 midnight

Company News

By the end of this year, Schengen member states will be required to have a biometric entry and exit system to register non- European citizens crossing an external EU border.

News - July 6, 2022 midnight

Veridos Sees the Road Ahead

The future of sovereign identity documents such as ID cards, passports and driving licences is virtual – according to leading provider of integrated identity solutions, Veridos. However, there are still some key challenges to overcome, with IDs remaining ‘phygital’ for the time being.

Company - July 6, 2022 midnight

Uganda Sued Over Digital ID System

An alliance of charities has sued the Ugandan government, according to an article published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, arguing that vulnerable groups have been denied access to potentially life-saving services due to flaws in the national ID card rollout.

ID Cards - July 6, 2022 midnight

ID R&D Publishes White Paper on Bias in Facial Presentation Attack Detection

Biometrics technology provider, ID R&D, has published a paper titled ‘Mitigating Demographic Bias in Facial Presentation Attack Detection’ containing results and lessons learned from the world’s first test of a facial liveness algorithm for demographic bias by an independent, accredited biometrics laboratory.

White Papers - July 6, 2022 midnight

International Cooperation in LatAm

Document fraud is one of the tools used by international terrorism, drug trafficking, money laundering, human trafficking and other forms of transnational crime. A tri-national meeting was recently held in Argentina within the framework of the EUROFRONT Programme on training and technical assistance.

Fraud Detection - July 6, 2022 midnight

Elon Musk Wants to Authenticate All Twitter Users

Behind the ‘will-he-won’t-he’ and the ‘can-he-can’t-he’ stories of Elon Musk’s attempts to acquire Twitter lurks another equally interesting tussle about identity, and how we assert and verify it when we are not physically present.

Authentication - June 9, 2022 midnight

The Bad, the Very Bad and the Bits In Between

The use of fake ID’s has for some time been linked with a whole range of serious crimes including terrorism and people smuggling as well as, at the other end of the criminality spectrum, less serious misdemeanours such as under-age drinking.

Fraud Detection - June 9, 2022 midnight

Company News

Apple, Google and Microsoft have all agreed to implement the password-less system proposed by the FIDO Alliance. The body has announced that the three companies have committed to phasing out passwords.

News - June 9, 2022 midnight

News in Brief

As a side event to the 78th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN hosted ‘Building a More Resilient Future with Inclusive Civil Registration and Vital Statistics – Strengthening Linkages with the Health Sector’.

Free - June 9, 2022 midnight

Sri Lanka ID Gearing Up to Go Digital

Sri Lanka’s unique digital ID project, prepared jointly by the Sri Lanka Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) and the Department of Registration of Persons, is about to go live, according to news reports in the country.

Digital Identity - June 9, 2022 midnight

Pack your Passport for Tallinn!

After the success of the Tax Stamp & Traceability Forum™, Malta (16-18 May), the next opportunity for the ID and secure document industry to come together is at the High Security Printing™ EMEA conference in Tallinn, Estonia (13-15 June).

Events - June 9, 2022 midnight

Bangladesh Smart Driving Licence Delivery in Limbo

Some one million Bangladeshi drivers are currently driving with an ‘acknowledgment slip’, but they are not able to apply for government and private jobs as they don’t have smart driving licence cards.

Driving Licences - June 9, 2022 midnight

Why Doesn’t the Public Trust Facial Recognition?

Does the track record of some firms who capture peoples’ facial images without their consent make it impossible for facial recognition to get a fair hearing in the court of public opinion – or are there deeper issues concerning the technology?

Digital Identity - June 9, 2022 midnight

ODDS 2022 – a Constant in an Industry in Transition

Experts, government representatives, technologists and commentators gathered in Austria’s stunning capital city of Vienna (11-13 April) to share recent technical developments in the fields of optical and digital document security.

Events - May 4, 2022 midnight

News in Brief

Residents of Luxembourg now have access to a mobile ID app designed to act as a kind of authentication companion to the country’s physical ID card.

News - May 4, 2022 midnight

Countries Continue to Explore Digital Identity

Whilst pockets of personally identifiable information exist in all countries’ civil registries, some in physical documents but increasingly in digital records, not all countries are at the same stage of establishing a national digital identity.

Digital Identity - May 4, 2022 midnight

The 20-Year History of Estonia’s eID Card

Estonia has, for a long time, been recognised as a tech-savvy country – boasting the highest number of tech-startups per person in the world. It took a step further into the eState provision of citizen services in 2002 with the introduction of the ID card.

ID Cards - March 31, 2022 midnight

HSP Latin America Builds Back Better

After two years of COVID inflicted disruptions, Reconnaissance International was able to restart the acclaimed series of High Security Printing Conferences with a fiesta feel in Mexico City (14-16 March) with seminars, presentations, key notes, an exhibition and prizes… lots of prizes!

Events - March 31, 2022 midnight

Mexico-US Border: A Tale of Two States

After the ‘build the wall’ years of the Trump administration, the US is now coming to terms with the fact that it’s not only people but also goods and services that want to cross the Mexico-US border: as these two examples from Texas and Arizona demonstrate.

Government - March 31, 2022 midnight

The Importance of ID Data Intermediaries

For many years, the ID and secure document industry has understood the potential that universal citizen identity would have for increasing worldwide economic development. And now, a WEF think-tank has produced a 46-page report illustrating the potential benefit of a worldwide unifying digital ID data management policy.

Free - March 31, 2022 midnight

China Announces Plans for National Digital IDs

An article in the South China Morning Post reports that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has revealed that the country is planning to launch a digital national ID card before the end of the year.

Digital Identity - March 31, 2022 midnight

Call for European Digital Identity Wallet Pilots

In its June 2021 edition, ID & Secure Document News™ reported that the European Commission was promoting its proposal for a regulation that would amend the electronic identification, authentication and trust services (eIDAS) regulation and establish a framework for a European Digital Identity.

Digital Identity - March 31, 2022 midnight

The Ingredients for Seamless International Travel

In this latest episode in the occasional series of invited articles, Corinna Schindler, Global Vice President Business Line Verification from Veridos, sets out her reasons why only through cooperation and technology can international travellers get a truly ‘seamless’ experience.

Editorial - March 31, 2022 midnight

News in Brief

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says it welcomes the creation by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of a global directory of public keys required for authentication of health credentials.

News - March 31, 2022 midnight

UK Government Sets Out its Digital Identity Plans

As the EU starts to trial aspects of the European Digital Identity through large-scale pilots to test the deployment of the European Digital Identity Wallet, the UK is planning its own Office for Digital Identities.

Digital Identity - March 31, 2022 midnight

Cisco Enters the Quantum Realm

While Cisco might not be the first company that springs to mind when you think of quantum computing, the company has made developing quantum technologies one of its top priorities for 2022.

Quantum - March 3, 2022 midnight

The Strange Case of the IRS and Facial Recognition

In what looks like a fairly hasty policy revision, the US Inland Revenue Service has modified its position that online tax filers would be required to submit a selfie to a third-party identity verification company in order to access their accounts.

Government - March 3, 2022 midnight

Confusion Over Ghana Card as an ePassport

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has recently tweeted that the use of a state’s national identity card for international travel is not at the discretion of the issuing authority but is a decision for the receiving state.

ID Cards - March 2, 2022 midnight

A Leader with a Strong Purpose

Veridos is one of the key players in the industry, so Francis Tuffy – editor of IDN – sat down with Marc-Julian, newly appointed CEO and Chair of the Management Board, to learn a little more about the leader and his strong purpose.

Interview - March 2, 2022 midnight

Company News

Thales has been awarded a new contract to provide the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV) with secure driving licences and ID cards.

Free - March 2, 2022 midnight

HSP Latin America Goes Ahead – Programme Published

Organisers of the High Security Printing Conferences (HSP), Reconnaissance International, have announced the programme for the upcoming HSP Latin America event which, originally scheduled to be held in June 2020, is now taking place in Mexico City on 14-16 March.

Events - February 2, 2022 midnight

2022 – The Winds of Change Are Blowing

ID & Secure Document News has asked some brave weathermen and women from the ID and secure document industry to take a look at their barometers and make some predictions as to where the head and tail winds will be pushing and pulling us this year.

Editorial - February 2, 2022 midnight

Company News

The European Union’s new entry-exit system (EES) is scheduled to start in May 2022 and will help to make the entry and exit of third-country nationals simpler, more transparent and more secure. People from third countries will have to register with their fingerprints and a facial image when entering the Schengen area.

Company - February 1, 2022 midnight

My Predictions for 2022

Looking back at my predictions for 2021, I’m once again drawn to the conclusion that the pandemic is not over yet. On the contrary, at the beginning of 2022, we are going through an evolution of the virus.

Editorial - February 1, 2022 midnight

HID Global® Wins Ireland Passport Contract

HID Global has been awarded a contract by Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for its Passport Issuance and Processing System. The contract will see HID Global provide a new operating system for the Department’s Passport Service.

Passports - February 1, 2022 midnight

I’ll See You in Vienna!

In just under two months the Optical & Digital Document Security (ODDS) conference will get underway in Vienna, Austria. ODDS merges the extremely successful Optical Document Security conference with the newer Digital Document Security conference to recognise the growing interdependence of these two domains.

Free - January 31, 2022 midnight