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Rakuten strikes new financial deals and business relationships

Rakuten aims to raise $2.2 billion by issuing new shares for three major investors: Japan Post (an 8.3% stake), Tencent (3.6%) and Walmart (0.9%). The Japanese operator intends to use the funds to expand its capabilities and innovate further in core fields such as mobile ...

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Operators drive new developments in financial services

MegaFon, Mail.ru, USM, Ant Group and Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) have signed binding agreements to create joint ventures (JVs) in payments and financial services. The JVs will work together to offer digital payment solutions and financial services designed to help ...

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UK mobile operators launch new product for businesses to help protect customers from fraud and cyber crime

The UK’s four mobile network operators – EE, O2, Three and Vodafone – have come together to strengthen consumer safety online, developing a new product for businesses that authenticates user identity for online transactions. The new product, called Number Verify, will help ...

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A Partnership For Growth – Identity Services In India

With the advent of Aadhaar, India became a global leader in identity as a service and the country’s Digital India campaign has been supported by rapidly growing mobile internet adoption. Early on, Indian mobile operators were crucially aware of the valuable contribution they ...

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IPification’s Webinar on Digital Identity and Authentication Raises Important Questions

by Jim Small, SVP Business Development – IPification Оn May 28th, I had the pleasure of hosting IPification’s first-ever live webinar, subject ‘The Impact of COVID-19 on Digital Identity and Mobile User Authentication’. I was joined by a high-quality set of panelists ...

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Creating and Managing Trusted Identities in a Chaotic Online World

By Shailendra Dhamankar, ZenKey Product Manager We live in a time when the majority of internet traffic originates from mobile devices. According to Statista, mobile searches account for approximately half of all web traffic worldwide. In fact, at the end of 2019, that ...

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Embracing identity and authentication is the only way to win customer loyalty

Before COVID-19, the demand & volume on digital services was increasing at a significant rate. Now, with more users moving online, we are beginning to see an even greater push for businesses to digitize their services, putting an ever-greater emphasis on companies to ...

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News Flash: The Linux Foundation Hosts New Digital Identity Project

The Linux Foundation is hosting a new open source project to fix the web’s missing identity layer in order to improve how we use digital credentials to prove online identity.  The Trust Over IP Project (TOIP) is the latest initiative to be hosted by The Linux Foundation, the ...

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News Flash: Funding Flows into Digital ID Firms

Growing demand for robust identification helps specialists raise tens of millions of dollars Investors are injecting more money into digital identity companies, as the market grows rapidly. London-based identity verification and authentication company Onfido has raised ...

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COVID 19: Digital identity can lead us out of lockdown, but user confidence is key

The coronavirus crisis brings the need for effective digital identity into sharp relief, as social distancing measures are imposed worldwide: remote access to systems and services is more in demand than ever, and calls are growing on governments to forge a path out of ...

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News Flash: Growing Support for Immunity Certificates

Experts consider how best to identify people who can’t infect others with COVID-19 The U.S. government is contemplating issuing “certificates of immunity” to people who have sufficient antibodies to prevent them from being infected by COVID-19, according to Dr. Anthony ...

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News Flash: Digital ID Could Support Lockdown Exits

Governments will need a way to verify who has had the virus or has received a vaccine Some experts are calling for the use of digital identity systems to help countries wind down lockdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. People who have recovered from the virus or have had ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...