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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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News Flash: Catalonia Plans Self-Sovereign ID System

Blockchain-based solution will be controlled by individuals but validated by government The government of Catalonia is developing a decentralized identity platform to enable citizens to demonstrate any required attribute of their identity while keeping the rest of their data ...

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News Flash: Sierra Leone Pilots Advanced ID System

Government agency employs biometrics and a blockchain to register and track digital IDs Sierra Leone’s National Civil Registry Agency is piloting an electronic identification system underpinned by both biometrics and blockchain technologies. In a blog post, the government ...

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News Flash: Malaysia’s Pushes Ahead With Digital ID

Nine-month study will determine shape of National Digital ID initiative Stepping up its efforts to deliver a national digital identity system, the Malaysian Government is undertaking a detailed study to develop an implementation framework.  Following approval by the Cabinet, ...

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Operators Can Set Minds at Ease Over the Growth of Biometrics

Biometric identity solutions have been much in the news this month – from UK Post Office services to biometric passports in Ghana and Angola – as government agencies in particular advance major projects based on the principle of verification through ‘something I am’, ...

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News Flash: American Consumers Favour Fingerprint Scans

Research says fingerprint scans more popular than other biometric-based authentication More than three quarters of participants in the sharing economy in the U.S. favour authenticating their identities using fingerprint scans, according to a survey of 3,585 consumers by news ...

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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 ...

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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 ...