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International Standards: A Proven Recipe for Success

Since HID acquired its identity document manufacturing facility in Malta in October 2019, the site has embarked on an ambitious journey to obtain three ISO certifications in a span of just over 5 months.

As Global Travel Resumes, e-Passports Will Bring Simplicity

A few months ago, getting into an airplane and traveling around the globe was so common and natural that we did not give it a second thought. That has changed during the last few months — most dramatically for those who got stuck somewhere on their way and for those who still cannot visit their loved ones on the other side of the world.

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Why Statistics Define a Nation's Future

Snapshot moment. It is spring 2020 and we are all thinking about Covid-19: a truly society-changing matter.

Seldom have statisticians been in such demand. Everyone wants the facts, everyone wants the figures, and everyone wants to know what they should do. Are the politicians talking sense? Are they even close to the truth? Which direction is this health crisis taking?

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The Risk of Identity Theft Does Not Stop with Biographic Data

As the world increasingly moves towards assuring each individual’s identity, so does the need to collect and manage more biometric data as a means to uniquely enroll and identify individuals. But sharing our biometric data means that we are exposed to the same identity theft risks as when we share other important data, such as financial account data, address history, employer history and more. Several data breach laws around the world have already been enacted requiring companies to report on breaches after the fact.

Being a Smart Customer — Open ID Architectures

Newer generations of ID technologies make the world of identity systems more interesting and visible — and invite a second look at the wider systems design principles and smart customer behaviors.

Today, everyone can see the world of identity changing from the outside. We use ID management tools such as mobile phones every day of our lives. We prove our identity and authenticate ourselves online so often that we seldom give it a second thought. We speed through fast border control without stopping to remember the past (and sometimes even our bags).

True Crime Stories: Clues to a Cold Case Brings Closure

When someone is murdered and the killer is never found, the family members of the victim have to live with terrible unanswered questions. It is this distress that motivates people who work in law enforcement to open cold case units. Sometimes advances in technology or further investigation can help solve cold violent crimes, which offers some peace and closure for those family members.

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True Crime Stories - Never Too Late to Reveal a Murderer

68-year-old Sondra Better was finishing her shift at Lu Shay’s Consignment Shop in Delray Beach Florida in August 1998 when a man came into the store and beat her to death. Sondra received several blows to the head before her throat was slashed and she was left on the floor to die.

Sondra was a mother, a grandmother and the cherished wife of her husband Seymour “Zeke” Better. The couple was on the cusp of renewing their vows and celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. She came to work at the store after retiring in Florida.

The Continued Rise of Biometrics in Citizen ID

Although the subject of biometrics can still be controversial, there is a growing acceptance of biometric identification—fueled no doubt by its increased use in everything from mobile phone security to citizen identification.

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Iconic Identity Trends to Keep an Eye On in 2020

At the start of 2019, we wrote about the trends in the document security industry for the year ahead. In a new series of articles we will look at whether those trends look set to continue into 2020 and what we can expect in the next year.

Citizen Authentication and Mobility

State governments, municipalities and other local agencies can sometimes struggle with authenticating their citizens, particularly in an increasingly mobile world. Effective identity and access management is vital to protecting sensitive data but must be balanced against the need for citizens to have access to their own information.

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