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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 ...

Digital privacy became a mainstream preoccupation in 2019 – and that’s not going to change in the new year

Attitudes to privacy have come a long way in the tech world since it was famously declared a thing of the past by Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg – it’s safe to say that privacy is ‘back’, if it ever really went away, and certainly now a primary consideration by consumers and ...

Flash News: Jump in Demand for Identification in India

Start-ups provide ID checks to an increasingly diverse range of clients In India, digital authentication and identification start-ups are seeing rising demand from sharing economy firms and large employers, as well as financial services companies, according to an article in ...

For People to Want Digital Identity, They Need to Know More About it

Governments across the globe are now increasingly alive to their citizens’ need for digital identity, with consultations and rollouts underway from Sierra Leone to Bangladesh – a historic shift in the right direction.  While some definitions now measure the digital economy ...

News Flash: Blockchain Boosts Online Commerce Festival

Ant Financial uses blockchain to quickly verify the ID of merchants on new marketplaces Ant Financial is using distributed ledger technology to help fuel the international expansion of China’s Singles’ Day shopping festival, according to a report by Ledger Insights. Through ...

News Flash: Programmable Money Will Need Uniform ID

German banks call for an international identity standard to underpin digital money A European or even a global identity standard is required to support the development of “a programmable digital euro” that is interoperable with book money, according to the Bundesverband ...

Commercial ID relies ever more on user control: Digital identity at MWC19 Los Angeles

The need for trusted digital identity is growing rapidly with the world’s digital economy: with 4.5 billion internet users globally, there are more points of attack for cybercriminals than ever before.  In the UK for instance, hackers stole £1.2 billion through financial ...

News Flash: Apple Explores Support for Official ID Checks

Two patents outline how citizens could use iPhones to share selected ID info with officials   Apple has filed two patents outlining how iPhone owners could selectively share identity credentials with government and law enforcement officials as required.  The filings ...

News Flash: Driving Towards an Identity System for Vehicles

Automakers develop a proof-of-concept for blockchain-based vehicle identity standard BMW, Ford, GM, Groupe Renault, Honda and other major automakers are implementing a proof of concept for a blockchain-based system for identifying vehicles. The members of the Mobility Open ...

Identity at MWC19 Los Angeles: Where Digital ID and Business Sense Meet

As the digital ecosystem rapidly grows in complexity – and sheer size – so too do the platforms, business models and consumer behaviours which underpin it. This is, broadly, a wonderful thing – the ingenuity of the digital age is reaching more people than ever before, and ...

News Flash: Enabling an “Economy of Things”

Experts from Vodafone and Ericsson discuss how blockchain-based digital ID could get machines transacting Each device in the Internet of Things could have its own blockchain-based digital identity, enabling it to transact with other devices. That is the vision laid out by ...

News Flash: France Preps New Digital ID System

Official digital identity programme will use facial recognition technology for enrolment In November, France could become the first European country to use facial recognition technology to give citizens an official digital identity, according to a report by Bloomberg. The ...

News Flash: Consumers Seek Better Registration Processes

Most consumers likely to abandon a financial services application after 15 minutes More than two thirds of consumers will abandon an application for financial services if it takes more than 20 minutes to complete, according to a survey of 3,500 adults in Northern Europe by ...

News Flash: Bill for All-Africa ID “About $6 billion”

Experts believe it is feasible to achieve Sustainable Development Goal of a legal ID for all It would cost about US$6 billion to roll out a legal identity to the 500 million people in Africa without this provision today, according to a World Bank expert participating in a ...