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News Flash: Facebook sets out Safeguards for new Digital Currency

Applicants for Facebook’s forthcoming mobile wallet will need government-backed ID To use Facebook’s planned mobile wallet, Calibra, individuals will need to submit government-authorised identification during the registration process to reduce the risk of money laundering ...

IPification, Multi-Factor Authentication, and the Future of Digital Identity

Digital identity solutions come in many forms – some of which have a long future ahead of them, especially where they can be combined usefully with others, and some of which have had their day. But digital identity of any kind requires authentication, which is becoming ...

MWC19 Shanghai: China’s Connected Future Relies on Secure and Effective Digital Identity

Discover more and register for the seminar ‘The Future of Digital Identity in China’ China is now far and away the most connected country on earth, home to 1.467 billion cellular connections in 2019 – and the pace of growth shows little sign of slowing.  The potential here ...

News Flash: Digital ID Now Widespread in South East Asia

World Bank report says half of ASEAN members have digital foundational ID systems Five of the 10 members states in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have now fully digitised their foundational identity systems: multi-purpose ID credentials that are ...

News Flash: Brazil’s Banks to Back Blockchain-based ID

New platform set to use mobile phone-derived personal data to generate a secure ID Brazil’s banks are preparing to implement a standardised blockchain platform that uses an individual’s mobile phone and SIM card information, combined with other smartphone-derived personal ...

News Flash: Singapore Preps In-Person Digital ID

Government unveils QR-based tool for businesses to streamline face-to-face registration Singapore’s Government Technology Agency (GovTech) is preparing to launch a service that will enable individuals to verify their identity in-person by scanning a QR code using the ...

News Flash: Funding Flows into Identity Start-ups

Venture capitalists and enterprises step-up in investment in digital identity solutions Identity-as-a-service provider Auth0 has closed a US$103 million funding round led by Sapphire Ventures, taking its total funding to US$210 million. Auth0 said the cash injection ...

The Month in Digital Identity – Decentralisation takes Centre Stage

It’s shaping up to be a fairly eventful month in digital identity. Blockchain in particular is quickly continuing to make its way out of the realm of think pieces and online discussion groups, and into mainstream consumer markets. Earlier this month five Canadian banks ...

News Flash: Authentication Exerts Greater Influence on Consumers

New U.S. research find growing awareness of authentication and data protection issues Seven in ten adults in the U.S. say their choice of financial institution is now influenced by its identity verification methods, up from 56% last year, according to the second Annual ...

News Flash: Learning from India’s Vast Identity Programme

New report on what India’s decade-old initiative can teach the global digital ID ecosystem To be effective, digital identity programmes must empower people, not governments. That is one of the key conclusions from a study of India’s massive Aadhaar identity programme by the ...

The Future of Smart Cities Depends on Integrated Identity

Digital services are already the norm. We no longer think much of checking our bank balance, planning trips and buying goods online – increasingly, we do so on a daily basis, and have been doing so now for a few years.  Many of us still think of smart cities, though, as ...

News Flash: Canadian Banks Back Blockchain-based Authentication Service

Verified.Me employs banking credentials, biometrics and mobile operators’ handset info Some of Canada’s leading banks are supporting a new blockchain-based digital identity network. Developed by Toronto-based SecureKey Technologies, Verified.Me employs a combination of ...

Two-Factor Authentication is Crucial in the Fight against Fake Online Identities

The internet’s relative anonymity is heralded by some as among its greatest assets: a means by which one can escape the pressures and disappointments of outside life, and find outlets for sides of ourselves which might otherwise find no expression.  There’s clearly some good ...

News Flash: Dubai Streamlines Access to Seven Public Services

Seven government agencies now integrated into seamless UAE authentication initiative Smart Dubai, a government agency, has completed the first phase of its UAE PASS initiative, which is designed to allow residents and visitors to seamlessly access government services via ...

News Flash: World First For Online Age Verification

UK government to introduce controls to stop children from accessing online pornography A new UK law, which comes into force on July 15, will require commercial providers of online pornography to check that users are 18 or over. “Adult content is currently far too easy for ...

Biometric authentication is getting stronger – so we’ll be seeing more of it

David Pollington, Head of Service Access, Identity, GSMA Biometric authentication has been around for some time but is now becoming mainstream. Why? It’s mostly down to the weakness of passwords as a way of proving your identity in today’s world. Passwords are on the way ...

Digital Identity: if you Streamline it, They Will Come

Digital startups face all manner of challenges, and identity is no exception.  However strong the service offering, if registration and login processes detract from the user experience, sales and retention can suffer – and for any new business, particularly in competitive ...

Flash News: Multi-factor Authentication Gains Traction

Report says SMS is the most widely used method of adding an extra layer of security Almost 30% of businesses are now using multi-factor authentication to enable customers to access their online services, according to a report published by the LoginRadius Identity Platform, ...

News Flash: Big Names Back Digital ID Start-Ups

SoftBank, Salesforce, Microsoft & PayPal make strategic investments in ID innovators SoftBank Investment, Salesforce Ventures and M12 (formerly Microsoft Ventures) all participated in a US$50 million funding round for Onfido, a start-up that has developed an AI-based ...

News Flash: Australia Accelerates Digital Identity Push

Federal government allocates additional funds for myGovID system Australia’s government has injected a further AUS$67 million (US$48 million) into the development of its myGovID digital identity system, ahead of a full launch planned for later this year. The funds will be ...