Upcoming commission: biometrics in financial services

For an upcoming report in The Times (provisionally to appear on April 30) in writing the following features:

Financial services and biometrics 

Banks have seen a massive rise in online banking fraud over the last year. 

  • Can banks more to protect consumers through new biometric technology?
  • Will adding biometrics can reduce fraud, prevent identity theft and account takeovers?

  • What steps have banks already taken to improve security through biometrics – which have worked and which have not?
  • What determines the success or failure of biometric ID roll outs?
  • Which technologies are on the horizon which financial firms could deploy?

Plus: break out on biometric payments and case study of a financial services brand using biometrics for their customers.

I’m keen to hear from banks and other retail financial services providers, analysts, researchers, regulators and technology providers.

Deadline for expressions of interest – by email – 1700 BST, 9 April


About stephenpritchard
Freelance journalist specialising in business and technology, based in London (UK).

2 Responses to Upcoming commission: biometrics in financial services

  1. stuartflint says:

    Hi Stephen, thanks for the below.

    Would you like to hear from Jonathan Rogers, partner in financial services at international law firm Taylor Wessing? His bio is below.

    In conjunction to the questions you pose below, Jonathan is able to provide commentary on:

    – The current legalities and guidelines on the protection banks should offer their customers, with regard to technology and more specifically, biometrics

    – How have banks tried to combat security and fraud in relation to biometrics?

    – How has the mobile payments industry adapted, with regard to the recent developments and increase in uptake of multiple different devices (for example, users may soon be able to pay for petrol using their dashboard, FT article here)
    Do let me know if you’re interested in speaking with Jonathan – look forward to hearing from you.

    Best wishes,

    Jonathan Rogers, partner in the Financial Services Regulatory group

    Jonathan is a partner in the Financial Services Regulatory group in the London office who specialises in financial services regulation advising insurance companies, investment banks, wealth managers, funds and other FS sector institutions on the full range of FCA/PRA regulation.

    Typical matters include authorisation and perimeter issues, advising firms in respect of the FCA/PRA’s exercise of its supervisory powers, prudential matters, implementation of conduct of business rules, market conduct issues and on matters deriving from the European framework for financial services.

    Jonathan also advises financial institutions on the implementation of the key commercial arrangements supporting their business platforms. These arrangements include major outsourcing transactions, third party services agreements, product distribution agreements and client facing agreements and product literature. In particular, Jonathan has acted on a number of the largest FS sector UK outsource transactions in recent years.

    Jonathan is ranked as a leading individual in Financial Services by Chambers UK 2014.

    Jonathan qualified at the Chancery Bar in 1999 before converting to become a solicitor in Lovells’ financial services practice. Jonathan joined Taylor Wessing as a partner in 2008.

    Polly Zwolinski

    Account Executive

    020 7009 3153 / 07711 591552

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