MorphoAccess® VP: first multimodal biometric access control terminal to receive CNIL authorization

Paris, July 28, 2011

Morpho (Safran group) today announced that MorphoAccess® VP, its multimodal physical access control terminal, has received its first authorization from the CNIL (Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés), France's Data Protection Authority. This is the first time that a multimodal biometric device has been approved for access control in a workplace in France.

MorphoAccess® VP is the world's first device combining finger vein and fingerprint recognition. The CNIL considered that the device's security features provide a sufficient safeguard against identity fraud, function creep* or the misuse of personal data. From the outset, the product was developed based on the Privacy by Design principle. This means that Morpho worked closely with CNIL experts to ensure the product's full compliance with security and data protection requirements. The authorization covers use of the device in identification mode, where biometric data is stored in the terminal's internal database.

"In France, companies have to obtain CNIL authorization before installing biometric systems. I am proud that our MorphoAccess® VP terminal is the first multimodal device to have received this seal of approval", highlighted Jean-Paul Jainsky, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Morpho. "This achievement rewards our continuous efforts to develop innovative and privacy compliant products to meet evolving market needs".

Morpho received a Security Innovation Award at Security Essen 2010 for this advanced multimodal technology.

CNIL website.for further details.

*Function creep: the gradual widening of the use of a technology or system beyond the purpose for which it was originally intended, especially when this leads to potential invasion of privacy.

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About Morpho
Morpho, a high-technology company in the Safran group, is one of the world's leading suppliers of identification, detection and e-document solutions. Morpho is specialized in personal rights and flow management applications, in particular based on biometrics, a sector in which it is the world leader, as well as secure terminals and smart cards. Morpho's integrated systems and equipment are deployed worldwide and contribute to the safety and security of transportation, data, people and countries.

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