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News Flash: Mastercard Launches New Mobile-First Digital Identity Solution in India

This week saw the launch of Identity Check Express, Mastercard’s mobile-first authentication solution in India.  The tap-and-go format made standard amongst debit and credit cards over the last few years was made available to millions of Indian mobile users on 6 August, with ...

Newsflash: UK Government Issues Call for Evidence on Digital Identity

The UK Government has issued a call for evidence on digital identity, seeking contributions from “all interested parties, including organisations who anticipate being a consumer or creator of digital identity tools or services”. The Cabinet Office and the Department for ...

As Privacy Makes a Comeback, Eyes Turn Increasingly to Blockchain

As the second half of 2019 unfolds, and the end of the decade approaches, there are some promising developments to look forward to in digital identity – and, on prevailing attitudes to privacy, one which was perhaps rather unexpected. There are projections this month that ...

News Flash: Self-Sovereign Identity Push in South Korea

Telcos, banks and tech companies jointly develop new blockchain-based ID solution In South Korea, mobile operators SK Telecom, LG UPlus, and KT, along with Samsung Electronics, KEB Hana Bank, Woori Bank, and Koscom, are jointly developing a blockchain network to enable ...

News Flash: New Push to Boost Financial Inclusion

Governments back US$255 million plan to increase usage of mobile money and digital ID The UK and French governments are supporting a US$255 million campaign spearheaded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to increase access to mobile money services and digital bank ...

News Flash: Five Billion Digital IDs Forecast

Analyst firm predicts rapid growth in citizens covered by government digital ID schemes The number of people using government-issued digital identity credentials will grow by over 150% from 1.7 billion in 2019 to more than 5 billion in 2024, according to a new report by ...

Shaken by Robocalls? The Need for Mobile ID Authentication

‘Robocalls,’ whereby mobile users answer a call to find an automated system mimicking human patterns of speech, are a familiar nuisance to most.  It’s fairly common now to stop in the middle of something to take a call, and find on the other end of the line a series of ...

Collaboration is the Handmaiden of Innovative Digital Identity

Digital identity is playing an increasingly ubiquitous part in our everyday lives.  As more and more previously standalone devices and services are brought online, as the Internet of Things grows, consumers and businesses alike need to verify identities in an ...

News Flash: Africa Taps Sophisticated ID Solutions

ID4Africa event highlights how African countries are embracing digital identification In Africa’s rapidly maturing digital ID market, technology is no longer an issue – it’s political will and gaining the trust of citizens that count. That is one of the conclusions in ...

Privacy is Essential to the Success of Digital Identity – and the Big Players know it

In a move which has attracted relatively little fanfare – but which has significant implications for digital marketing – LinkedIn last week purchased the digital identity management company Drawbridge, which will now be integrated into the social network’s advertising ...

News Flash: Mobile Passport Pilot Underway

The World Economic Forum begins tests of digital passports stored on mobile phones Will digital passports stored in mobile phones replace physical documents? The World Economic Forum has begun testing its proposed Known Traveller Digital Identity (KTDI) scheme by enabling ...

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 ...