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Microsoft Previews Open-Source, Blockchain-Based Decentralized ID Platform

Microsoft Previews Open-Source, Blockchain-Based Decentralized ID Platform

“ION is built with Sidetree technology that will eventually be laid over the top of the Bitcoin Blockchain, though the code is still being developed…” Microsoft’s Identity Division is giving developers a preview of a new digital identification network designed to make decentralized identities more feasible on a global scale. Senior Program Manager Daniel Buchner…

Microsoft’s Biometric Security Platform Gets FIDO2 Certification

Microsoft’s Biometric Security Platform Gets FIDO2 Certification

“…Windows Hello is a pioneering security system that allows Windows users to sign into their devices with a fingerprint scan or infrared face scan, provided those technologies are supported on the device.” Microsoft has attained FIDO2 certification for its Windows Hello authentication platform, dramatically extending the authentication standard’s reach. Built into the Windows 10 operating…

Imprivata and Microsoft Team Up for Healthcare Access Management

Imprivata and Microsoft Team Up for Healthcare Access Management

“The single sign-on solution should ease the transition to Electronic Medical Records, and is also secure enough to meet the DEA’s requirements for electronic prescriptions.” Imprivata has partnered with Microsoft to launch a new cloud-based identity and access management solution that will simplify workflows for healthcare providers. Dubbed Healthcare Seamless SSO, the new platform leverages…

Patent Suggests Microsoft Will Embed Fingerprint Biometrics in the Windows Key

Patent Suggests Microsoft Will Embed Fingerprint Biometrics in the Windows Key

“The potential feature is a sleeker way to integrate fingerprint recognition technology into a laptop, especially when measured against current options that place a separate fingerprint reader elsewhere on the device. “ Over the past year, some smartphone manufacturers have started phasing out dedicated fingerprint readers in favor of in-display fingerprint sensors. Now a recently…

RSA 2019: BIO-key Debuts New ID Director For SAML

RSA 2019: BIO-key Debuts New ID Director For SAML

“Our customers seek simplified, cost-effective central authentication services that accommodate both roving and single-device users without having to issue and manage tokens or pay personal data plan costs for users to use a personal device for work. The fact that SAML is ubiquitous makes getting more value from a BIO-key investment much more simple.” –…

IDEMIA Forms eSIM Partnership with MobileIron

IDEMIA Forms eSIM Partnership with MobileIron

IDEMIA and MobileIron have announced a new partnership that will bring IDEMIA’s eSIM technology to MobileIron’s IT management platforms. The integration will revolve around IDEMIA’s Smart Connect Hub, which is designed to be platform agnostic, allowing enterprise IT managers to manage employee accounts and connectivity profiles regardless of the devices those employees happen to be…

Microsoft and IDEMIA Discuss the Benefits of eSIM Functionality

Microsoft and IDEMIA have shed some light on the partnership between the two companies and the future of eSIM technology. According to a recent interview with Microsoft’s Shai Guday and IDEMIA’s Emir Aboulhosn, eSIM tech is already poised to transform the smartphone market, with Aboulhosn forecasting that every major phone manufacturer will deploy eSIM technology…

Amazon Adds Voice to Calls for Regulation of Facial Recognition

Amazon Adds Voice to Calls for Regulation of Facial Recognition

Amazon is now calling for government regulation of facial recognition technology, even as it defends sales of its own such technology to law enforcement authorities. In a new post on the Amazon Web Services Machine Learning blog, the company’s VP of Global Public Policy, Michael Punke, writes, “We support the calls for an appropriate national…

All Major Browsers Now Offer FIDO2 Support

All Major Browsers Now Offer FIDO2 Support

All of the major web browsers now offer FIDO2 support in some form, the FIDO Alliance has announced. The big news comes from a somewhat unlikely ally, with Apple having just launched a new preview version of its Safari browser that features FIDO2 support. Apple is notorious for not playing well with others and rigidly…

Mastercard, Microsoft to Collaborate on Digital Identity Service

Mastercard, Microsoft to Collaborate on Digital Identity Service

“…their service will be focused on the areas of financial services, digital commerce, government services, and consumer-focused online services like music streaming and social media.” Mastercard and Microsoft have announced that they’re teaming up on a digital identity project. What exactly this project will entail is pretty vague at the moment. In a statement, the…

Singapore Hosts Advisory Council on AI Ethics, Featuring Google, Microsoft Execs

Singapore Hosts Advisory Council on AI Ethics, Featuring Google, Microsoft Execs

“Together, the council members discussed a draft model framework on the responsible use of AI published by Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission earlier this year…” Singapore’s Advisory Council on the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence and Data has just convened its inaugural meeting. The group includes representatives from some high-profile global companies, including Google’s Asia…

Windows 10 Update Emphasizes FIDO2 Authentication via Hello

Windows 10 Update Emphasizes FIDO2 Authentication via Hello

A new Windows 10 update has delivered FIDO2 authentication, with Microsoft placing its Windows Hello biometric authentication platform closer to front and center for end users. With respect to the latter, Windows’ development team has now placed a Windows Hello setup button right on the OS’s lock screen. It’s clearly a move aimed at encouraging…

Windows 10 Update Delivers FIDO2 and WebAuthn

Windows 10 Update Delivers FIDO2 and WebAuthn

“FIDO has mounted a longstanding campaign to get third party support for its strong authentication standards and expand the compliant device ecosystem, but bringing FIDO2 support to major web browsers effectively brings FIDO support into the Internet’s core infrastructure.” FIDO2 and WebAuthn support has officially arrived on Windows 10, via the operating system’s October 2018…

[Money20/20] High Profile FIDO2 Support Sets Stage For Strong Authentication Proliferation

[Money20/20] High Profile FIDO2 Support Sets Stage For Strong Authentication Proliferation

FIDO Alliance Executive Director Brett McDowell took the stage with digital financial services expert David Birch on Money20/20’s opening day, and took the opportunity to make the case for the implementation of FIDO standards in financial services (and everywhere else). Speaking to Birch as part of the “Identity Around the World: Global Case Studies in…

Microsoft Hides Your Dirty Laundry with AI-Driven Blur Feature for Video Chat

Microsoft Hides Your Dirty Laundry with AI-Driven Blur Feature for Video Chat

“The feature revolves around AI-driven face detection, and its computer vision also appears to be able to detect the user’s general body outline as well” With more and more work being done remotely, Microsoft has enlisted the help of computer vision AI to help make sure that web meetings run smoothly: The company’s enterprise messaging…

New Code Suggests Google Will Deliver Face Unlock in Coming Chrome OS Devices

New Code Suggests Google Will Deliver Face Unlock in Coming Chrome OS Devices

It looks like Google is preparing to bring a Face Unlock system to future devices running on its Chrome OS. The revelation comes by way of some newly added code in Chrome’s back-end. While the clues offered in code snippets can sometimes be a bit ambiguous, this sample seems pretty clear, with its key line…

DHS, FBI, Facebook, and Microsoft Team Up to Fight Election Meddling

DHS, FBI, Facebook, and Microsoft Team Up to Fight Election Meddling

The Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Facebook, and Microsoft together made unlikely partners in a recent joint briefing to the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors. The briefing revolved around the efforts taken by these organizations to prevent the kind of meddling seen…

Microsoft Commits to Ethical Use of Face Recognition Deliberations

Microsoft Commits to Ethical Use of Face Recognition Deliberations

As controversy over the public use of facial recognition continues, Microsoft is following Google’s lead in laying out its approach to the ethics of the technology in a new blog post by the company’s President, Brad Smith. It’s a far less concise and straightforward accounting than the one laid out by Google CEO Sundar Prichai,…

News Roundup: Android, Intel, Internet of Things

News Roundup: Android, Intel, Internet of Things

Last week at Mobile ID World FIDO made major news again with yet another high profile company joining its board of directors: Intel. That story led the way as other top headlines molded the discussion around Android devices and software, wearable tech, the Internet of Things, and mobile commerce. Here is a look back on…

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