Editorial

Digital Identity: Global Roundup

Digital identity news from around the world

Posted 12 April 2021 by

Canada

Four Ontario hospitals are launching a digital identity service to enable patients to access health information and services online. This initiative is being led by Niagara Health, building on the hospital’s foundational Navigator mobile app technology.

Niagara Health, Southlake Regional Health Centre, North York General Hospital, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and their technology partners, IDENTOS and SecureKey Technologies, are introducing the Ontario trusted account, a service that allows patients to prove their identity online.

In a statement the companies said the Ontario trusted account allows patients to access several health-related services without having to log in and out each time, while providing them with control over what information they choose to share and whom they share it with. A single Ontario trusted account is reusable across participating partners and enables patients to access resources and services across multiple platforms with one secure log-in.

The development of the Ontario trusted account builds on the Niagara Health Navigator mobile app, launched in 2019, which engages and connects patients to local health services.

Germany

Bundesnetzagentur – Germany’s Federal Network Agency for electricity, gas, telecommunications, post and railway markets – is teaming with IDnow to allow AI (artificial intelligence) based identification.

IDnow’s technology uses Deep Learning to perform an identification at the same security level as a personal identification – for example in a branch. The self-developed AI automatically recognises the security features of the ID documents in a video stream and performs a biometric face comparison of a video selfie with the ID document. This is complemented by new security mechanisms such as a ‘liveness detection’ that prevents attacks through recorded videos and photos.

United States

Socure has signed a multi-year agreement with sports entertainment and gaming giant DraftKings.

DraftKings plans to use Socure’s Intelligent KYC (Know-Your-Customer) and Global Watchlist with Monitoring products to assist in its customer verification processes across its Daily Fantasy Sports, Sportsbook, and iGaming products.

Socure ID+ streamlines online identity verification to minimise friction and drop off rates, and maximise new player conversions through its Intelligent KYC and Global Watchlist offerings. The platform uses numerous data sources, including proprietary data with over 290 million good identities, as well as more than seven billion records from credit, utility, telecom, and other authoritative sources to deliver market-leading matching accuracy.

Socure’s methodology includes using diverse data sources, advanced clustering, and intelligent-rank decision outputs, all with simple, actionable reason codes. This methodology allows online gaming operators to increase auto-enrollment rates, reduce manual reviews, and maintain compliance, including around age verification and OFAC.

India

India’s government is planning to make reduce touchpoints within its COVID-19 vaccination system by implementing Aadhaar face biometrics for contactless identity verification, according to ThePrint.

The UIDAI is planning to implement its facial recognition algorithms to replace fingerprint and iris biometrics at vaccination centres across the country, after the initial success of a pilot in Jharkhand with more than a thousand daily successful biometric authentication a day.

National Health Authority CEO R.S. Sharma, who previously headed the UIDAI, said that once the pilot reaches 50,000 to 60,000 facial authentications, the system will be rolled out nationally. He also said the Co-WIN platform has smoothly generated three million digital certificates on the vaccination system’s busiest days.

Singapore

Singapore is accepting COVID-19 PCR test results verified by the IATA Travel Pass, which recently reached a second trial stage with Singapore Airlines, at pre-departure check-in as of May 1, as per Biometric Update.

The decision has been made as part of an ongoing collaboration between the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and IATA to facilitate seamless and official travel, the industry body says.

More than 20 airlines are now trailing or planning to trial the IATA Travel Pass, which was co-developed with Evernym.

Japan

Japan Airlines has announced it will trial three different digital health passes; the World Economic Forum’s CommonPass, Daon’s biometric pass VeriFLY, and the IATA Travel Pass.

The trials are intended to fast-track JAL’s digital health pass plans, and achieve contactless and seamless self check-ins.

Ukraine

Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has passed legislation earlier to expand the validity of digital passports displayed via the government-controlled Diia app, Unian reports.

Following the move, the e-passports of Ukrainian citizens will be considered on equal terms with traditional biometric passports, even for foreign travel, though the article notes that the digital ID document should not be used for border checks, except when necessary for confirming the identity of a Ukrainian citizen entering the country and its occupied territories.

The novel legislation passed with 302 votes in favor, out of all 320 MPs registered for the session, and will come into force on August 23. The article suggests Ukraine is the first country in the world to give the digital IDs equal status with physical passports.

Citizens’ e-passports will now be issued for free and with a unique electronic identifier featuring a QR, bar, and digital code, together with residence information. The e-passports will also include individual taxpayer identifiers.

The new digital identity documents will be valid not only for traveling, but also to prove individuals’ identities in a variety of scenarios, including identification, confirmation of citizenship, and provision of governmental services.

Canada

Manulife Financial Group has partnered with software provider Yoti on the adoption of a remote identity verification platform, which can speed up the digital registration process for clients of its banking arm Manulife Bank.

The online tool uses encrypted technology such as optical character recognition (OCR) data capture and biometric face-matching, the company said in a statement. It is currently available for Manulife Bank’s Advantage Account and All-In Banking applicants in Canada.

By using the platform, applicants can verify their identity by uploading a picture of either their driver’s licence, passport, or provincial photo identification card, along with a selfie. Once verified, they will receive an email within a few minutes to finalise the process. The online tool can be accessed using any mobile device that is enabled to take pictures.

Germany

Cooperative IDunion has been chosen for a German innovation competition to “Showcase Secure Digital Identities”.

The second phase of the project started on April 1 and is backed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Partners include DB Systel, Deutsche Telekom, GS1 Germany, Robert Bosch, Siemens and ten others with another 26 associate partners.

IDunion’s aim is to use self-sovereign identities (SSI) to launch a production network and implement more than forty identity applications. Use cases range from education, mobility and e-health to finance and IoT solutions. It aims to establish identities for people, legal entities as well as things.

The organisation was previously called SSI for Germany, but the name change is a nod towards broadening its aim to be more European. The consortium leader is Main Incubator GmbH.

United States

Nine out of ten Americans would pay extra to be able to renew their driver’s licences online, according to a survey by iProov. More than 3 in 10 say they have driven with an expired license to avoid visiting the department of motor vehicles (DMV), amid pandemic concerns about virus spread.

Further, 45 percent said biometric face verification would be a way to secure identity online. When asked if the DMV should provide digital identity services, 64 percent said ‘yes,’ and only 12 percent said ‘no.’

The survey results show more than half of US citizens consider enabling them to do things online as a way their state DMV could improve customer service, the most popular choice. The service the most people said they would like to perform online was driver’s license renewal (54 percent), followed by vehicle license renewal (48 percent), and then voter registration (43 percent).