Editorial

Digital Identity: Global Roundup

Digital identity news from around the world

Posted 20 June 2022 by Christine Horton


Greece

Greek state-issued identification cards and driving licences will be available in a wallet-style application for smartphones by the end of July.

“We already piloted the ID card last Christmas in relation to Covid, so that users could have [proof of identity] together with their digital vaccination certificate. Now the ID will take on a more regular form and people will be able to circulate around the country with their ID and driving license on their phone,” said digital governance minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis.

The minister also announced a new citizen’s registration number that will replace the AMKA social security number and AFM tax ID. This new number will be featured on the new digital identification cards and will be used for downloading certificates from the gov.gr website.

The new ID will also come with a QR code that will be used in transactions with the state.

Global

The global digital identity solutions market size is expected to reach $92.26 billion by 2030 according to a new study by Polaris Market Research.

It says a driving factor for the growth is the growing demand for identification and authentication on account of issues such as data security and privacy breaches, along with increased integration of AI and machine learning technology in virtual recognition solutions. The rise in the proliferation of cloud-based virtual recognition solutions, increasing funding & investment by the leading companies, and rapid technological advancements are also taking a broad momentum to accelerate the industry growth.

United Kingdom

The UK government is exploring the possibility of introducing a system of unique identifiers for all users of the justice system.

As reported by Public Technology, Dr Natalie Byrom, a director of charity The Legal Education Foundation, was seconded to HM Courts and Tribunals Service in 2019 to produce a government-backed report on how data and digital could be better used in the justice system.

Three years on, a full evaluation of the possible introduction of unique IDs for courts users remains under consideration, according to James Cartlidge, a junior minister at the Ministry of Justice with responsibility for courts.

He added that the MoJ is engaged more broadly with the Government Digital Service (GDS) on its single ID for government programme.

In her report, Byrom said that: “Unique identifiers at the user, rather than case level would facilitate the development of a detailed understanding of the way in which court users progress through the system, where and when they exit the system, and the outcomes they secure when they do so.”

Nigeria

Nigeria should have a complete biometric database of its citizens by 2025, according to its minister of communication and digital economy.

Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, says his country’s vision is to complete a foundational digital identity database that will be the basis for strategic national planning in areas of life including education, healthcare, agriculture and national security.

He says the Nigerian digital ID agenda received a boost with the creation, in 2007, of the National Identity Management Commission. The commission now holds the biometric data of about 83 million people, he said, and that number is likely to jump significantly in the next couple of years because Nigeria’s unique national identification number, dubbed the NIN, is now required to access multiple government services.

Trinidad & Tobago

Caribbean tech startup Ignition-Innovation has selected iProov’s face verification and authentication technology for its new digital identity solution, TruMeID, in Trinidad & Tobago.

Ignition-Innovation will deploy iProov’s technology to verify that an online user is who they claim to be. A face scan confirms that an individual is the right person, matching the identity to a trusted identity document. It also verifies that the user is a real person and not a presentation attack using a photo or mask, and that they are authenticating in real time, thereby preventing digitally injected attacks that use a deepfake or other synthetic media.

Africa

The Secure Identity Alliance (SIA) has unveiled a new digital infrastructure initiative at the ID4Africa 2022 Augmented General Meeting to help governments choose biometrics and other technologies for their digital identity initiatives.

The open standards and open APIs (OSIA) Qualification Program was created to help digital identity technology vendors achieve compliance with the OSIA specifications to meet prerequisites in tendering processes.

The goal of SIA’s OSIA initiative is to eliminate vendor lock-in and make interoperability for sovereign identity programs possible via a set of open standard interfaces that are independent of technology, solution architecture, or vendor.

Global

Samsung Galaxy users in the USA, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK can now store their digital payment, loyalty and membership cards as well as digital keys, boarding passes and Covid-19 vaccination certificates on their smartphone using the Samsung Wallet app.

The tech firm has launched the new app by integrating Samsung Pay with the Samsung Pass and SmartThings platforms, and says that users will be able to add digital identity documents such as their driving licence or student ID “later this year”.

Users with Galaxy devices running Android 9 Pie or later can migrate to Samsung Wallet directly from Samsung Pay or Samsung Pass or by visiting the online Galaxy Store.

United States / Netherlands

US-based security software provider Entrust has acquired Netherlands-based Evidos, a platform for cloud-based electronic signatures and identity verification solutions.

The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Evidos provides digital signature and digital identity solutions and has 2,000 customers in Europe.

Evidos’ solution provides all-digital processes for authenticating identities and executing compliant, trusted documents simple to implement. This is used for transactions requiring trust and benefiting from simplified digital operations such as finance, banking, real estate, and the workplace.

The acquisition combines Evidos cloud-based electronic signature workflow solutions with Entrust’s secure certificate-based digital signature solutions.

United Kingdom

The Open Identity Exchange (OIX) and Trust over IP Foundation have signed a partnership to increase adoption of the right kinds of digital IDs, as per Biometric Update.

The non-profit Exchange supports trust frameworks surrounding biometrics and digital ID, while the Foundation is a proponent of decentralised digital trust.

The two organizations believe they complement each other’s strengths, such as “the synergy between the Exchange’s Guide to Trust Frameworks for Smart Digital ID and the governance elements and self-sovereign identity (SSI) roots of the Trust over IP Foundation stack, a blueprint for digital trust.”

The two groups combined will have 300 members, from banks including Barclays to tech companies including Alphabet and Microsoft.