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Digital Identity: Global Roundup

Digital identity news from around the world

Posted 10 May 2021 by

Ghana

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has announced plans to use Simprints’ vaccine management biometric solution to identity citizens within the framework of a vaccine delivery programme.

Biometric Update quotes a FAAPA report that says talks are ongoing between the two parties for a deal to be concluded. The deployment of the fingerprint and face biometric solutions is expected to begin with a pilot before a final decision is made, the report adds.

Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, director general of the GHS, said during a recent workshop to introduce Simprints’ technology in the country that the move, which is part of the Ghanaian government’s efforts of data digitisation during this pandemic, will help ensure a seamless identification process for those taking the vaccines.

Austria

St. Pölten has been selected as one of the Austrian cities to participate in a pilot project initiated by the Federal Ministry for Digitisation and Business Location. The Lower Austria state capital will be a test location for the electronic identification document called “’ID Austria’.

The electronic proof of identity is a further development of the mobile phone signature and citizen card. When citizens apply for a passport in the state capital, they will automatically take part in the pilot project, unless they expressly decline participation.

The electronic ID card offers 200 possible uses. This includes electronic signatures, log-ins for digital applications and dealing with official channels on a computer or smartphone. Citizens also save 40 percent of the application fees.

In the future, ID Austria can also be used to present a digital ID via smartphone. The e-ID offers maximum data security and is available to all citizens free of charge. Austrian citizens over the age of 14 can apply for electronic proof of identity from the passport authority.

The test phase for issuing the e-ID will end in autumn 2021 and will then be available to all Austrian citizens. By then, at the latest, it will also be possible to register for the e-ID without having to apply for a new passport.

United States

Identity-verification firm ForgeRock is reportedly working with banks on an initial public offering (IPO) this year. The San Francisco-based company is working with Morgan Stanley on the IPO, which could come as early as the third quarter, according to a Bloomberg report, which quotes people close to the process.

Switzerland

Identity verification provider Veriff is partnering with Swiss digital banking alternative, CrescoFin, to provide a solution that reduces the risk of identity fraud for its global customer base.

As new users sign up to CrescoFin’s app, Veriff’s AI-driven software will check their identity, meeting KYC and AML requirements, while also preventing identity fraud attempts. The firm says Veriff’s identification software uses its video-first technology to verify people online.

Later this year, CrescoFin will launch a full suite of digital banking services around its core savings product and says the partnership with Veriff will assure its customers “that eliminating the risk of identity fraud online is at the centre of this offering.”

United States / United Kingdom

US identity platform Acuant has acquired Manchester-headquartered counterpart Hello Soda for an undisclosed sum.

Based in Los Angeles, Acuant offers a platform for identity verification, regulatory compliance and digital identity solutions. The move is part of the company’s technology acquisition strategy.

Hello Soda, which also has offices in offices in Texas and Bangkok, boasts clients including VirginBet, Klarna and Paysafe and operates in over 180 countries.

Its technology uses analytics, algorithms and data science modelling to enable businesses to verify customer identities and reduce identity theft and fraud.

Acuant will combine its platform with Hello Soda’s technology, in a move it said “will bring together powerful technology and data science capabilities that are key to unlocking trust in digital identities.”

Estonia

The Estonian government has expanded its e-Residency digital ID initiative for entrepreneurs to South Africa, Brazil, Singapore and Thailand.

Claimed to be the first digital residency initiative in the world, the e-Residency programme was introduced by the Estonian government in 2014.

Every e-Residency community member who has been issued an e-resident digital ID has a secure means of digital identification that grants them access to operate their business 100 percent online within the European Union. It also provides access to Estonia’s e-services, allows entrepreneurs to sign documents digitally, and assists them to launch and run their business fully online.

Lauri Haav, MD of theEstonian government’s e-Residency division, said SA has one of the highest numbers of e-Residency applicants in Africa and makes it into the list of top 50 application countries, alongside Brazil and Singapore.

Australia

Australia’s National Crime Check has selected Jumio Identity Verification to help its scale and accelerate its customer onboarding with biometrics.

NCC provides police checks and employment screening services accredited by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), and the expansion of its existing partnership with Jumio enables it to offer biometric identity checks in real-time through the Australian Government’s Document Verification Service (DVS).

NCC’s InstaID service runs biometric and liveness checks against the DVS, and can help organizations reduce their onboarding time from hours to a few minutes, according to the announcement, with a savings in verification cost of up to 40 percent. Jumio’s solution accepts and reliably verifies a wide range of government-issued IDs, and pairing the company’s real-time verification with DVS checks provides a high level of assurance of the document’s validity.

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