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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...