Secure ID Coalition and Others say Biometrics can provide benefit to Government, Citizens


At the Biometrics Consortium Conference in Tampa September 16-18, 2013, experts hailed the potential for government savings with the implementation of identity management and biometrics.  Kelli Emerick, the Executive Director of the Secure ID Coalition, talked about the financial savings the federal government could achieve with better identity management in social programs. The acting director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Biometric Identity Management talked about biometrics improving the quality of life for beneficiaries of medical, banking, and other programs. For more information, please check out this article in the Federal Times.

Our Mission

The Secure ID Coalition is an affiliation of companies providing digital security solutions for identification documents, including contactless smart cards. Our mission is to promote the understanding and appropriate use of smart card technology to achieve enhanced security for ID management systems while maintaining user privacy.

Such ID management systems include physical and/or logical access to facilities and networks.

Our Partners

Working with the following groups to help lead the charge for secure identification systems

Citizens Privacy Rights

Coalition members support specific citizen privacy rights as follows:

Privacy of personal information as defined by all relevant regulations and laws, principally the body of laws known as the Fair Information Practices.

Confidence that ID documents have been appropriately secured against threats of fraudulent access to personal information.

Knowledge of

  • 1what data is contained in electronic ID document;

  • 2how that data will be collected, secured and transmitted;

  • 3the presence of radio frequency (RF) technology in ID documents;

  • 4when, where and why an RF device is being read.

Secure News to Know

  • Time for Secure Payment Cards

    On December 18, 2013, Target announced they had suffered a data breach that compromised 40 million debit and credit cards; the third largest data breach in U.S. history. Unfortunately the U.S. has not widely adopted chip- based cards which would have rendered the information stolen in the breach almost unusable. How many more data breaches will it take before the United States moves to more secure technology?

  • Congressional Briefing - Your Identity Matters: Protecting It Against Theft & Fraud in the Digital Age

    The Secure ID Coalition and the International Biometrics & Identification Association are pleased to present a briefing for Congressional staff on the policy implications of identification technologies for key issues facing Congress, including healthcare, financial services, and immigration reform. The briefing, Your Identity Matters: Protecting It Against Theft & Fraud in the Digital Age, is on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 12 noon. It is located in the Rayburn House Office Building, room B318. Please RSVP to

  • Ponemon: Medical ID Theft Increases 19%

    Medical record integrity is a prerequisite for getting quality, safe medical care, which is why the 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft released by the Ponemon Institute last week is so disturbing. The study found that 313,000 people were victims of Medical Identity theft last year, which is a 19% increase from the year before.

  • Congress is Back!

    Today, Congress returns to Washington after a five week summer vacation with a long to-do list and fast approaching deadlines.  Wondering what will happen with the budget, debt ceiling, and Syria? And how will it affect other legislative priorities, such as the ongoing debate on immigration reform and the SGR Repeal?