Fido_AllianceMicrosoft has joined the board of FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, an industry consortium on online authentication. The company is working with the consortium on open standards that will ensure interoperability among strong authentication methods and technologies. Google and BlackBerry are members of the FIDO Alliance as well.

FIDO members commit to share technology and collaborate to deliver open specifications for universal strong authentication. FIDO authentication is designed with a core focus on privacy — all biometric or personal identifying information (PII) stays local on the user’s device and is never shared to the cloud or over the network.

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