Today on That Tech Pod, Laura and Gabi chat with David Burnett.
David Burnett has been working at security, identity, and authentication companies for almost 20 years. Early in his career, he spent seven years helping to make strong encryption successful and easy to use while at PGP Corporation and Symantec. Later, he focused on making biometric authentication easier and more popular than passwords. His work at Nok Nok Labs delivered early successes for the FIDO Alliance, an industry association that promotes a passwordless future. Samsung and Sony used Nok Nok Labs software to power the first FIDO-enabled fingerprint login services on smartphones. PayPal and NTT DOCOMO used Nok Nok Labs software to let their customers log in using FIDO-enabled phones. From these early beginnings, the FIDO Alliance has become a global success story. FIDO technology is used by companies around the world to power passwordless login. And the world's most influential technology companies, such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Meta, all use and promote FIDO. After his successes with FIDO and smartphones, David spent several years bringing biometric technology to other consumer devices and types of identity systems. As part of this effort, he lived in Sweden for two years and continued his work with partners around the world. Today, he's the Head of Global Business Development at ZeroBiometrics. He's passionate about an innovative new product that verifies your face without knowing what you look like. This product, ZeroFace is a modern approach to biometric authentication that is inherently privacy preserving. Among its many innovative features is the ability to encrypt your data using your face as the key.