Fahmida Rashid of Security Week on Docomo, Japan’s largest mobile service provider opting to ditch passwords in favor of forms of bio-metrics:
Starting Wednesday, NTT DoCoMo customers with smartphones capable of handling biometric authentication will be able to access several online services using iris recognition or fingerprint authentication, the company said. The company offers four smartphones with biometric authentication, including the Galaxy S6 Edge SC-04G, Galaxy S6 SC-05G, Arrows NX F-04G and Aquos Zeta SH-03G. The Arrows NX F-04G has an iris scanner which can authenticate the user.
NTT DoCoMo will support biometric authentication based on protocols developed by the FIDO Alliance, a consortium of technology companies and financial services firms trying to strengthen authentication by creating protocols and standards which don’t rely on passwords. The protocols rely on the combination of hardware, software, and services, and are designed to be interoperable across different networks and devices.
This effort is only aimed at Android-based phones sold only by Docomo. How long before KDDI and Softbank follow suit?