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News Flash: COVID-19 Crisis Drives Digital ID Adoption

Digital ID solutions help governments and businesses respond to the pandemic State governments in India are adapting real-time digital identification mechanisms to monitor compliance with quarantines arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by The Economic ...

News Flash: U.S. Agencies to Use Alternative Forms of Authentication

Federal government gives agencies ID flexibility to fulfil services during COVID-19 crisis As it scrambles to respond to the COVID-19 emergency, the U.S. government has given federal agencies the flexibility to use alternative forms of authentication to fulfil service gaps ...

Blockchain can improve speed and privacy in mortgage applications – but interoperability is key

Applying for a mortgage is a major step in almost any life, and a serious commercial transaction – there’s a lot at stake for both sides, so it understandably takes some time to complete as the necessary checks are carried out.  A mortgage broker can help speed the process ...

Will Putting Users in Control of their Digital Identity Solve our Privacy Problem?

“Twelve Million People, One Dataset, Zero Privacy”, that was the shocking headline in a recent New York Times article, where a reporter was sent a file from an unnamed source that revealed the location pings from 50 billion smartphones connected to more than 12 million ...

Data protection requires digital identity: operators can stand between banks and vast fines

We live in an age of data breaches.  An unfortunate side effect of the digital economy’s daily growth is an ever-rising number of opportunities for cybercriminals – and companies falling victim to them face increasingly stiff fines where customer information is leaked, ...

News Flash: Aadhaar Drives Digital Inclusion in India 

Report says the biometric identity system is enabling more and more digital transactions In 2019, 2.3 billion digital financial transactions were enabled by Aadhaar, India’s national biometric identity system, an increase of 12 per cent from 2018, according to an article by ...

Operators are uniquely poised to combat the injustice of ghost fraud

In the panoply of risks at hand where our identities are not properly protected, one which has perhaps attracted less attention than others – but which warrants serious consideration – is ‘ghost fraud’.  Ghost fraud is, unfortunately, precisely what it sounds like: hackers ...

News Flash: Personal Data Tools Take Root in the Netherlands

Three-year pilot in Amsterdam and Barcelona highlights how to digitally empower citizens Following a three-year pilot in Amsterdam, the Netherlands plans to expand its usage of new tools that give citizens control over their personal data, according to a report by Cities ...

News Flash: Green Light for Nigeria’s Digital ID project

The World Bank agrees to co-fund initiative to issue 150 million national ID numbers The World Bank has approved Nigeria’s Digital Identification for Development Project, which aims to increase the number of people with a national identification number (NIN) to 150 million ...

News Flash: Many Consumers Worry About Identity Theft

Half of respondents in international survey have been personally affected by cyber-crime In developed digital economies, 45% of consumers are worried about identity theft and cyber crime, according to a survey of 3,600 people across nine countries by F-Secure. The cyber ...

News Flash: Data Breaches Hold Back Biometrics Adoption

Experian survey finds consumers wary about sharing biometric data with third parties   Four out of five consumers surveyed by Experian view physical biometrics as the most secure form of identity verification, according to Mike Gross, Head of Global Fraud & ID Production ...

News Flash: Investors Back New Authentication Methods

Start-up Persona raises US$17.5 million to expand alternative authentication platform Authentication start-up Persona has raised US$17.5 million from Coatue, First Round Capital and other investors, according to a report by Techcrunch. The article said the San ...

News Flash: Push for International ID Interoperability

Chile, New Zealand and Singapore look to make their digital identity systems compatible As part of their new Digital Economy Partnership Agreement, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore have agreed to work towards making their digital identity systems interoperable. Recognising ...

News Flash: India Allows Banks to Identify Customers Via Video

Financial service providers can now carry out know your customer checks via a video call The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will now allow financial services providers to verify the identity of new customers using a video call instead of in-person identification checks, ...

News Flash: UK to Streamline Healthcare Authentication

National Health Service plans to invest in biometrics to free up staff time for patient care The UK government plans to invest £40 million in fingerprint recognition systems and other technology to streamline the computer login processes for the 1.2 million employees of the ...

News Flash: ECB Explores Anonymity for Digital Currencies

European Central Bank says proof of concept shows some degree of privacy is possible Coordinated by the European Central Bank (ECB), the European System of Central Banks (ESCB) has established a proof of concept for a central bank digital currency payment system that allows ...

News Flash: Call for Australia to Strengthen ID System

Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia says the digital ID ecosystem is too fragmented Philip Lowe, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), has described the country’s digital identity system as “fragmented and siloed” resulting in a proliferation of identity ...

Deepfakes sit on the frontier of digital identity – but operators are more than a match for them

Deepfakes – apparent digital recordings which use AI to generate false representations of people saying things they never said – have been around for more than a year now, but are now starting to permeate the public consciousness in earnest.  The general public has become ...

News Flash: Fake ID Fears Threaten Uber’s London License

Transport for London alleges Uber isn’t doing enough to verify drivers’ identities Transport for London (TfL) has said it won’t renew Uber’s license to operate in the city, after finding that more than 14,000 trips involved drivers who had faked their identity on the ride ...

News Flash: Digital Identity to be Widely Distributed

New report foresees networks of ID schemes rather than one identity to rule them all By 2025, one fifth of digital identities will be built using distributed ledger or blockchain technology, up from 5% in 2020, according to a new report by Goode Intelligence. That growth ...