Editorial

Digital Identity: Global Roundup

Digital identity news from around the world

Posted 29 November 2021 by Christine Horton


United States

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development is the first government agency to utilise a new service that allows individuals – even those without a mobile device or dedicated internet access – to verify their identity at retail locations across the United States.

The service is provided by ID.me and Sterling Check, a provider of background screening and identity services.

New Jersey requires identity verification to obtain unemployment benefits. During the pandemic, unemployment reached 14.8 percent – the highest rate observed since data collection started in 1948, according to the Congressional Research Service. At the same time, the Federal Trade Commission reported identity theft tied to government benefits increased by 2,920 percent.

“In-person verification moves ID.me closer to realising our goal of ‘No Identity Left Behind’. We are punching through deeply embedded structural barriers to meet people where they are and to push the edge for access closer to all individuals,” said Blake Hall, founder and CEO of ID.me. “Combined with our self-serve online and video chat processes, today’s in-person launch establishes the first secure and omnichannel identity verification process in America.”

South Korea

Okta is partnering with SK Inc. C&C to provide UD (Universal Directory), SSO (Single Sign-On) and MFA (Multi-factor Authentication) to Korean enterprise customers.

The two have started and have plans to complete an internal SK Identity Project by the end of 2021. SK Inc. C&C will provide Okta Identity Management solutions and services to not only SK and its subsidiaries but also numerous local enterprises, adding to SK Inc. C&C’s digital technologies including AI (artificial intelligence), cloud, and big data.

United States

Two new forms of digital identification for residents have been announced by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and the Mississippi State Department of Health.

The Department of Public Safety will launch Mississippi Mobile ID, a digital identification app for smartphones, which will allow users to use their driver’s licences digitally.

Also announced is a digital certificate of COVID-19 vaccination from the Mississippi State Department of Health through the MyIRmobile.com website.

Created in partnership with biometric and identity solutions provider Idemia, the app is protected by FaceID or fingerprint identification, depending on which device the app is used.

Global

Apple has delayed the release of a feature that will eventually allow you to store your ID in the company’s Wallet app. In an update to the official iOS 15 website that was spotted by MacRumors, Apple says that functionality will now arrive sometime in early 2022. The company previously planned to launch in late 2021.

Apple first announced the feature at WWDC 2021. At the time, the company said the tool would allow you to add your driver’s license or state ID card to Apple Wallet just like you would a credit or debit card. Among the first locations that will support the feature will be select Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints at some US airports.

United Kingdom

The developer of the first statutory online children’s protection code says the UK government must not allow tech companies to use verification processes to harvest children’s biometric data, reports The Telegraph.

UK ministers are considering allowing biometric age assurance techniques such as biometrics-based face and voice analysis as well as conventional checks such as copies of passport or driving licence. Baroness Beeban Kidron said the new harm protection legislation must mandate that tech companies delete any biometric or biographic data they use in the alternative age verification processes.

Baroness Kidron, a crossbench peer and chair of children’s charity 5Right Foundation, has introduced a private members’ bill proposing minimum standards for age verification. The baroness previously introduced a private members’ bill to amend the Data Protection Act 2018 which led to the world-first Age Appropriate Design Code.

Austria

Worldline is providing the technology for a new digital identity app called ich.app, which PSA Payment Services Austria GmbH will launch on the Austrian market in 2022.

Users utilise their existing ID as a customer of an Austrian bank. ich.app will enable consumers to identify themselves easily and quickly with a variety of online retailers and service providers, as well as in many other circumstances, without the need to exchange any further data.

Germany

Trulioo has been approved to provide age verification services with its automated identity verification solution in Germany.

The technology passed an assessment by the Kommission für Jugendmedienschutz (KJM), or Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Media, for compliance to the legal and technical requirements of the Interstate Treaty on the Protection of Minors in the Media (JMStV).

Age verification checks with Trulioo are carried out through its GlobalGateway, which provides secure access to over 400 reliable data sources through a single API, according to the announcement. GlobalGateway includes ID document and selfie biometrics among its many identity verification tools.

Nigeria

The Director General of Nigeria’s National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Aziz, says plans by the country to reach all of its 200 million citizens with a digital ID are on course.

The country’s government is also continuing to use separate biometric databases to deliver targeted benefits to citizens, with a pension scheme taking steps to bring in those excluded so far, and a plan to distribute 2.4 trillion naira (US$5.8 billion) in cash instead of fuel subsidies.

The latter plan is being developed by Nigeria’s government and the World Bank.

Canada

Ontario is launching a ‘Digital and Data Innovation Fellowship Program,’ which will onboard between six and ten fellows to four government ministries to work on the Ontario Digital Service’s digital identity programme or one of three other digital transformation projects.

The digital identity programme is seeking a senior backend developer and a devops engineer.

The fellows will take a leave of absence from their workplaces to join a government team for about six months, beginning in February 2022, working remotely and possibly coming into the office on occasion. Those selected will remain employees of their current organisations, but with the government covering a portion of their salary while they work with the programme.

Denmark

Idemia has been chosen by the Danish National Police service, Rigspolitiet, to supply biometric tablets, self-adjusting cameras for facial images, self-service kiosks, eGates and other equipment in support of its compliance with the European Entry-Exit System and ETIAS regulations.

Under a ten-year contract, Idemia will provide a national border management system and hardware including TravelKiosks, TraveLane gates, TravelTotem cameras, and MTop biometric fingerprint scanners as components of the company’s Augmented Borders suite. The contract is being carried out in partnership with local companies Systematic and Biometric Solutions.

The deal is expected to enable Denmark to replace its current passport-stamping procedure and perform biometric capture and identity verification for third-country nationals at external Schengen borders.