TrustBearer OpenID to Support Finland National ID Card
March 06, 2008 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology NewsFt Wayne, IN - TrustBearer Labs, a leading authentication solutions company, has announced support for the Finnish National Electronic Identification Card (FINEID) with its OpenID service. With this support, the FINEID smart card can now be paired with the OpenID online authentication standard, enabling FINEID cardholders to use their cards for logging in to any website that accepts OpenID.
OpenID is an online authentication standard that allows a single username to be used with any websites that support OpenID. While still in its adoption phase, OpenID is used by AOL, Yahoo, IBM and other industry leaders.
"We believe that our OpenID service complements national identification programs, like Finland's ID card. National ID card holders can now securely and efficiently manage many of the things they do on the Internet using a central and secure identity," says David Corcoran, Chief Executive Officer of TrustBearer Labs.
FINEID is a smart card issued by the government of Finland, which serves as a national ID card and passport recognized by countries in the European Union. The FINEID is additionally used by citizens to access government services via the Internet and for the digital encryption and signature of documents.
In Feburary, TrustBearer Labs launched a public beta for OpenID, https://openid.trustbearer.com, which pairs a user's smart card, or other authentication device, with an OpenID account. TrustBearer OpenID is the first OpenID provider that supports hardware-based multi-factor authentication.