Tag Archives: Europe

EU plans to include fingerprints in identity cards are unjustified and unnecessary

By | June 11, 2018

London, UK, 11 June 2018 – The European Commission has published a proposal calling for the mandatory inclusion of biometrics (two fingerprints and a facial image) in all EU Member States’ identity cards. The demands to include fingerprints are an unnecessary and unjustified infringement on the right to privacy of almost 85% of EU citizens, as explained in a… Read More »

Estonia cancels security certificates of 11,100 electronic ID cards

By | June 1, 2018

The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) on Friday canceled the security certificates of roughly 11,100 electronic ID cards affected by a security flaw. Cards with more than three months left until their expiration date can be replaced by their owners under warranty. A total of 3,300 replacement ID cards were manufactured under warranty and dispatched to PPA… Read More »

Italian IPZS publishes clarification about alleged malfunction of 350.000 CIE Cards

By | May 22, 2018

The Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (IPZS) that is the Italian Government Office and Mint on May 20, 2018 have issued a press release on the alleged malfunction of about 350.000 eID Cards, locally known as CIE (Carta d’Identità Elettronica) reported by the Rome-based newspaper Il Messaggero. The article, published on the May 20 2018 edition of… Read More »

Gemalto awarded multi-year service contract for new British passports

By | April 23, 2018

London, 23 April ​​​2018 – Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, today announces it has won an open tender with the Home Office, acting through Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO), for the production of the next generation of British passports and associated services.  Gemalto, an international security company with substantial operations in the UK, won the contract following a… Read More »

Ireland – Government seeking bids for design and production of PSC generation two

By | February 24, 2018

THE STATE HAS launched a tender for the production of the next round of Public Service Cards (PSC). The controversial card, which was first introduced in 2012 for accessing certain social welfare payments but has now been expanded as a requirement for many other services, currently has a seven-year lifespan. Now, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social… Read More »

New identity cards to be issued by Greece

By | February 6, 2018

Greek authorities are closer to actualising the upgrade to citizen’s identity cards, ensuring they meet international security standards. There have been talks of an upgrade for years, with Greece required as a European Union member-state to overhaul its outdated system since 2000, and will see ID cards replaced with new ones featuring biometric data on a microchip. The… Read More »

Mobile payment with a digital credit card and girocard at German Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken

By | January 31, 2018

Munich/Wiesbaden (Germany), January 31, 2018 – In December 2017, the Cooperative Financial Network Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken in Germany started a “Family&Friends” pilot project for mobile payment via smartphones, using a digitized credit card or girocard (girocard being the most widely used payment card in Germany). This new mobile payment solution has been very well accepted, not only by the… Read More »

Over 600,000 biometric passports in print queue at Ukraina Printing House

By | December 19, 2017

The Document state enterprise has produced over a million biometric passports, and delays with the issuance of such documents depend on the Ukraina Printing House, where more than 600,000 applications for documents are already in the print queue, the enterprise’s spokesman, Volodymyr Polischuk, has said. “The technical production [of biometric passports] depends on the Ukraina Printing House. They… Read More »

Production of ID and bank cards in Nitra ends

By | December 4, 2017

The German company Giesecke + Devrient, which produces banknotes, security cards, payment cards, ID cards and passports, will close its Slovak plant in Nitra. The company announced the decision on November 30, the Sme daily wrote. The closure of the plant will impact the 370 employees who work there. The company noted it will offer them jobs in… Read More »

A visit to Card Tech, the Italian company on the forefront of Biometric Smart Card development

By | November 13, 2017

On a cloudy day of Autumn, I found myself in a car riding through an industrial area at the southern border of the city of Udine, the historical capital of Friuli, in the northeastern Italy. The car stopped at the gate of Friuli Innovazione a Science and Technology Park hosting innovative start-ups, industrial research spin offs and research… Read More »

BOV cards become contactless

By | November 12, 2017

Bank of Valletta has started rolling out its contactless cards. Ivo Camilleri, executive electronic banking, said: “The contactless card upgrade ushers in a new era of digital banking in Malta. The cards combine the security of traditional chip-and-pin cards with the convenience of wireless payments. Paying for low-value items is for the first time easier than paying cash.… Read More »

Estonia – Government to suspend ID card certificates with security risk at midnight

By | November 3, 2017

The Estonian government decided at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday night to suspend the certificates of Estonian ID cards vulnerable to a detected security risk on Friday night at midnight. The government explained its decision at an emergency press conference called on Thursday night. “I apologize before all of our citizens and people who have not been able… Read More »

UK – Touch and go! Nottingham public transport to go contactless

By | October 20, 2017

Nottingham is set to become the first city outside London where people can pay for their bus and tram journeys using contactless bank cards and phones. The news follows a successful bid by the City Council for £2.4m from the Department for Transport to develop the technology, which will also include a daily cap on fares already enjoyed… Read More »

Greece – Smart cards now used across Athens metro and trains

By | October 20, 2017

Commuters in Athens are now able to use the new integrated ΑΤΗ.ΕΝΑ ticket andΑΤΗ.ΕΝΑ smart card, which is now being issued across the Greek capital’s transport network. Starting Monday, commuters were able to apply for ATH.ENA cards at all metro and ISAP urban railway stations (Lines1, 2 and 3) by submitting a self-addressed envelope with a recent ID/Passport-style photo, a photocopy of… Read More »