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Mastercard Asks Canadian Merchants to Boost Contactless Payment Caps

Mastercard Asks Canadian Merchants to Boost Contactless Payment Caps

Mastercard is urging its merchant partners in Canada to raise their caps on contactless payments to $250. In announcing the effort, Mastercard framed it as one focused on public health, under the rationale that contactless payments help to facilitate social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also may be viewed as an effort to further…

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Google Releases Mobility Reports to Help Public Health Officials

Google Releases Mobility Reports to Help Public Health Officials

Google has released its first batch of COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports. The reports use aggregated Google Maps data to track the movements of people during the pandemic. The tech giant is hoping that public health officials will be able to use the information to make more informed decisions and slow the spread of the coronavirus.…

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Yubico Provides Security Advice for Remote Workers

Yubico Provides Security Advice for Remote Workers

Yubico’s Chad Thunberg has some handy security tips for organizations that are trying to adjust to a remote work environment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) notes that many organizations and employees have never had to address this particular set of problems, and that they should be especially wary…

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Trustonic Provides TAP Security for Korean Mobile Banking App

Trustonic Provides TAP Security for Korean Mobile Banking App

South Korea’s KB Kookmin Bank (KB Bank) is turning to Trustonic to safeguard its mobile banking app. The integration of Trustonic Application Protection (TAP) will make the KB Star Banking App easier to use, and will also raise the transaction limits for KB customers. To generate those benefits, Trustonic TAP will change the way the…

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Ericsson CEO Stresses 5G Success in AGM Statement

Ericsson CEO Stresses 5G Success in AGM Statement

Ericsson CEO Börje Ekholm emphasized his firm’s success in making 5G technology a reality in remarks opening the company’s Annual General Meeting this week. In his opening speech, Ekholm noted that Ericsson technology was used in the world’s first 5G network, launched last year, and that this was also true of Europe’s first 5G network.…

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IAR Systems Now Offers Support for NXP MCUs

IAR Systems Now Offers Support for NXP MCUs

The C-Trust security tool from IAR Systems will now offer support for NXP’s LPC55S6x MCUs. The MCUs are based on Arm Cortex-M33 technology, and will make it easier for developers to create secure applications for a wide range of different industries.    To that end, C-Trust utilizes Security Context Profiles from Secure Thingz to deliver…

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OneSpan Brings Biometrics, Anti-fraud Tech to Sony Bank

OneSpan Brings Biometrics, Anti-fraud Tech to Sony Bank

Sony Bank is now using OneSpan’s Mobile Security Suite to safeguard its app and its mobile transactions. The Mobile Security Suite includes Application Shielding, which will monitor the Sony Bank network to detect (and reduce) fraudulent activity. It will also enable biometric authentication, with support for both face and fingerprint recognition.   With that in…

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Signicat Acquires Dutch Digital Identity Specialist Connectis

Signicat Acquires Dutch Digital Identity Specialist Connectis

Signicat has bolstered its digital identity platform through the acquisition of Connectis, a Dutch digital identity specialist based in Rotterdam. Connectis currently provides authentication and identification services for more than 350 organizations with 14 million individual users, with a clientele that is concentrated in finance, healthcare, insurance, and the public sector.    With the acquisition, Signicat…

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Face ID Comes to Digital Document Signing, Care of SignEasy

Face ID Comes to Digital Document Signing, Care of SignEasy

3D facial recognition is now making its way into the digital document signing space, thanks to a software update for the SignEasy app on iOS. As 9to5Mac reports, SignEasy has become the first digital document signing app to enable support for Face ID, the sophisticated biometric authentication system of Apple’s latest iPhones. In addition to…

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FEITIAN Licenses Biometric Software from FPC

FEITIAN Licenses Biometric Software from FPC

FEITIAN has agreed to license the FPC-BEP biometric software platform from Fingerprint Cards (FPC). The platform is designed for payment cards and access control, both of which are covered under the terms of the global licensing agreement. FEITIAN will also make a volume order of FPC fingerprint sensors as part of the new arrangement. According…

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IDEX and FEITIAN Biometric Payment Card Receives China UnionPay Certification

IDEX and FEITIAN Biometric Payment Card Receives China UnionPay Certification

IDEX Biometrics’ dual-interface authentication technology is being featured in a new biometric payment card solution from FEITIAN. The new, contactless biometric payment card is the first such card to clear all of the requirements for China UnionPay certification. The testing for that certification was carried out by the Bank Card Testing Center (BCTC) in Beijing,…

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UC San Francisco Project Looks to Biometric Data to Track COVID-19 Spread

UC San Francisco Project Looks to Biometric Data to Track COVID-19 Spread

A new project by UC San Francisco (UCSF) is asking for volunteers to share their biometric data in an effort to track the spread of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Citizen Science project is an initiative that welcomes anyone over the age of 18 to participate by downloading an app and signing up through UCSF’s Eureka Research…

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Survey Finds Americans Accept More Responsibility to Protect Their Privacy

Survey Finds Americans Accept More Responsibility to Protect Their Privacy

NortonLifeLock has released a new report that suggests that Americans don’t necessarily expect the government to protect their personal information. Even though half of the American respondents in the new Cyber Safety Insights Report believe the government could be doing more to protect their privacy, they still assigned more responsibility to individual consumers than they…

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Acuant Acquires Digital Identity Specialist IdentityMind

Acuant Acquires Digital Identity Specialist IdentityMind

Acuant has formally completed its acquisition of IdentityMind. The two companies have been strategic partners in the past, though the acquisition is obviously a more permanent arrangement. The acquisition will allow Acuant to integrate IdentityMind’s Digital Identity Platform into its own Trusted Identity Platform to offer a more comprehensive digital identity and fraud prevention solution.…

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FIDO Alliance’s Inaugural Authenticate Event Gets Pushed Back to November

FIDO Alliance’s Inaugural Authenticate Event Gets Pushed Back to November

The FIDO Alliance’s inaugural Authenticate conference has officially been postponed. The event was originally scheduled to run from June 2-3, but will now take place on November 9-10. The FIDO Alliance member plenary has similarly been rebooked for November 11-12. The venue will remain the same despite the scheduling shakeup. Both Authenticate and the member…

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Yoti Highlights Public Health Benefits of Contactless IDs

Yoti Highlights Public Health Benefits of Contactless IDs

Yoti is highlighting the utility of its contactless age verification solution in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company notes that its digital IDs allow convenience store employees to conduct age checks without ever handling someone else’s physical ID card, making it a more sanitary option that can help stop the spread of the…

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Future Apple Watch May Get Touch ID for Biometric Authentication

Future Apple Watch May Get Touch ID for Biometric Authentication

According to a report from Israeli news site The Verifier, a future version of the Apple Watch is set to feature Touch ID for biometric authentication, as well as a few other new features, though we may have to wait until 2021. With the most recent release of the Apple Watch — Series 5 —…

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Huawei Opts for Goodix Fingerprint Sensor in New P40 Series

Huawei Opts for Goodix Fingerprint Sensor in New P40 Series

Huawei has unveiled a new P40 line of 5G smartphones. The line includes the Huawei P40, the P40 Pro, and the P40 Pro+, each of which features Goodix’s optical in-display fingerprint sensor and AMOLED touch controller. The sensor will enable secure biometric authentication and speed up authentication times by as much as 30 percent.  …

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