Is Your Privacy Compromised In This Age of Document-less Travel?
Maxim Thaw Tint, Co-founder & CEO, GTRIIP, Inc.
Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre)
Date : September 15, 2016
Time : 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
Price : $0.00
Hosted by the Travel & Leisure and ICT Committees
We have been travelling and entering places using physical documents, safe passage letters, and recorded details on paper since 450 BC. With current technology and prevalence of smartphones, we have in our hands smarter and more secure ways to do this. Mobile devices today come with the technology to not only hold comprehensive profile information, but also biometric sensors — such as cameras to capture faces, microphones to listen to voices, Touch ID and Imprint sensors to read fingerprints, etc. Biometrics could verify the device owner in place of physical documents; and then transmit the profile information securely to the verifier. Once profile data from documents is linked to biometrics one time, a user could travel more often without the documents, and be verified by an automated AI by simply carrying the mobile with her.
When dealing with user profiles and biometrics, security and privacy are paramount. A compromised password can be changed but a person’s biometrics are perpetual. Short of taping off a smartphone’s sensors physically, one way to keep them private is never to send any profile details or biometrics via internet, nor store them on a server. Transmission of data should be kept to a minimum and peer-to-peer between the verifier and the verified only. A biometric sensor should be active only when triggered to scan and send the data to the device's secure location. A temporarily stored data in encrypted memory should be immediately discarded after comparison — using a lossy process that discards precise data that would be required to reconstruct the actual biometrics. This presentation will touch on such measures that could be taken to ensure privacy of users’ data during document-less verification of a person.
About the Speaker
Maxim Thaw Tint
Co-founder & CEO
Maxim Thaw Tint moved to Singapore from Myanmar at the age of 16 to study computers and programming. His first job was an employee in an IT startup that got acquired in 2011. This taught him first-hand about building a business and growing a team from 5 to 100 people. After acquisition, he had his experience in technology startup ecosystem as an angel investor and a venture partner to raise seed funding for what became one of the largest online classifieds in the region today. Maxim is now running full time on his 3rd startup, GTRIIP, with two co-founders from MIT.
GTRIIP is an app that uses Touch ID on iPhone or Nexus Imprint sensor on Android for a faster and more secure office and hotel check-in and registration process. By sending guest profile information from GTRIIP app to GTRIIP kiosk without an internet connection or storing any profile details, GTRIIP simplifies registration. GTRIIP kiosk can provide self-service function like a virtual receptionist with face-detection. GTRIIP partners with major door lock manufacturers so the app can also open doors with a verified profile. GTRIIP has done a seed round of fund raising in 2015, and partners with various industry leaders such as Apple, Assa Abloy, Oracle, and Salto Systems. GTRIIP is currently carrying out deployments at customer sites which include government properties, offices, universities, international schools, and hotel chains around the world.
Maxim studied at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Coventry University.