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UK launches digital application process for Hong Kong BN(O) visa

The UK government has announced that, starting 23 February 2021, holders of certain biometric passports can use an app to apply for the Hong...

China’s central bank joins cross-border digital currency pilot

China's central bank will join a project that looks at utilizing central bank digital currencies (CBDC) for cross-border payments, the Bank of International Settlements (BIS)...

Banknotes The Benefits of Holography (Part 2)

Holography has proven to be a popular and effective security device when integrated into banknotes. Part of its ongoing appeal is its versatility and...

Central Bank of Libya issues new polymer five-dinar banknotes

On 15th February, the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) released a new five-dinar polymer banknote, timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the...

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards: An Overview (Part 2)

Our previous article provided an overview of the PCI DSS and the levels it uses to categorize businesses. Now we will outline the specific security...

British Esports Association and Partners Create Winning Solution to Verify Gamers’ Ages

The British Esports Association has announced plans to update its membership platform with enhanced security features, including a method to restrict underage player participation....

Banknotes Continue to Cash in on the Benefits of Holography (Part 1)

Holograms are at the forefront of an integral array of overt features that appear on current banknotes, providing a highly effective, evolving weapon in...

Is it time for the U.S. to get creative with its currency?

As I write this story, Americans are observing Presidents Day, a federal holiday honoring all of the nation’s past presidents. It would be easy...

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (Part 1)

In previous articles we have examined government legislation aimed at protecting the data privacy rights of consumers both in the European Union and the...

Nigeria’s Biometric Digital ID Project

Progress is being made in the ongoing biometric digital identity project in Nigeria. Despite some challenges, the project is advancing as officials hope they...

Sometimes Nature Trumps Tradition in ID Document Design

While the world increasingly runs on technology, nature is making an unexpected appearance in some countries’ passports and other ID documents. Portraits of monarchs...

Suriname Adds SRD 200 and SRD 500 Denomination Banknotes

The Central Bank of Suriname has added two new denominations to the country’s family of banknotes. The new notes, SRD 200 and SRD 500,...

Zimbabwe Unveils a New Family of Banknotes: The “ZiG”

Effective April 8, 2024, Zimbabwe has a new family of banknotes nicknamed Zig, which stands for “Zimbabwe Gold.” The ZiG currency replaces a Zimbabwean...

Peru Adds a 200-Soles Note to Its Newest Banknote Family

Peru’s newest family of banknotes now has a new member: the 200-soles note, which was put into circulation in December 2023. The Central Reserve...

LIVE BLOG: Illinois allows gender-neutral option on driver’s licenses and ID cards

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