Digital Identity: Global Roundup

Digital identity news from around the world

Posted 23 January 2023 by Christine Horton

United Kingdom

UK-based digital ID provider TrustID has joined the Open Identity Exchange (OIX).

According to the company, the move will support the community in better understanding developing opportunities and the ongoing evolution of digital ID verification technologies.

“The foundation of any digital identity is robust physical identity verification during enrolment,” said David Park, chief strategy officer at TrustID, referring to the company’s biometrics, fraud detection and data checks capabilities.

“We believe our services will be more relevant than ever when it comes to issuing a digital identity.”


The Philippines’ Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) is to work with China and Belgium on digital identity and infrastructure.

As per the Manila Times, the deal with China was signed during a state visit to the country made by the Philippines President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. early in January 2023. Then, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between DICT and China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

It covers the exchange of technical expertise and best practices in emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, cloud computing, internet of things (IoT), industrial internet, big data, analytics, and robotics.

United States

The US state of California is planning to launch a digital driving licence that users will be able to store in a digital wallet on their smartphone, the state governor Gavin Newsom has revealed.

Newsom said that the service would begin rolling out “in just a matter of months” as part of the state’s ongoing project to implement a digital ID system.

“The California Department of Technology (CDT) continues progress on the Digital Identification project, creating a single digital identifier aimed at eliminating the need for California residents to provide their identity and manage multiple user IDs across various websites to obtain state services,” an official budget summary document states.

“CDT recently launched a pilot demonstration project with the California Department of Transportation, the California Integrated Travel Project, Monterey-Salinas Transit Agency, and US General Services Administration’s Login.gov, to provide an online tool for transit riders to verify their identity and eligibility to receive discounted fares using their bank card.”

Some 30 US states have launched, begun piloting or are conducting research into the issuance of a digital driving licence, according to the US-based Secure Technology Alliance (STA).


President Ferdinand Marcos Jr has demanded his government get a digital national ID to all nationals and resident aliens.

It is reported Marcos is with the progress so far.

The Philippine System Act, decreeing creation of a coherent national ID program, was passed five years ago, according to Inquirer.net. It has reported that Marcos, in a meeting with the Private Sector Advisory Council, requested help from the private sector in launching the mobile biometric PhilID app.

The PhilID system is currently being used for SIM registration, amongst various other uses. More than 76 million people are registered so far.

United Kingdom

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is planning to implement technology that would enable the department to capture a comprehensive “digital fingerprint” of users of its online services – including contact information, IP addresses, and details of devices used.

Gathering and monitoring this data would help combat fraud and cyber risks, according to commercial documents recently published by the department seeking feedback from potential supplier partners.

“In order to facilitate a complete monitoring service of HMRC front-end digital services, HMRC critically require the ability to see what devices, email addresses, telephone numbers and IP addresses our customers are using and to match these against ‘known bad’ attributes previously involved in fraud or attributes that have been compromised,” said the tax agency, in a request for information (RFI).

Prospective suppliers are advised that the department is interested in working with one or more firms that can provide technology in support of two core aims.

The first of these is a “device fingerprinting” capability that could “correctly identify what device a customer is using during their online interaction with HMRC… [and] should also be able to identify whether one user is using several devices”.

New Zealand / Australia

Thales is claiming success in an interoperability test for mobile driver’s licences and digital identities based on the ISO standard.

The company’s entry was made by its ANZ Digital Identity Team, along with its global Digital ID Wallet Product Team and local partners, and the Queensland Department of Transport & Main Roads. The latter hosted the event.

Thales and its partners participated in the 2022 ISO Interoperability Test Event for Mobile Driving Licence Applications in Brisbane with their jointly-developed Queensland Digital Licence Application (DLA).

Transport & Main Roads was pleased with the results, Thales says, giving a boost to their existing relationship.

United Kingdom

AI firms have deemed Home Office-backed trials of “age estimation technology” at retailers, including Tesco and Asda, to control alcohol sales a success.

Four UK supermarket chains – Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Co-Op – piloted age verification technology from “digital identity” company Yoti at a handful of stores, while three Bestway cash and carrys tested a “biometric solution” from another firm, Innovative Technology.

Yoti uses an AI algorithm to estimate a customer’s age from a facial scan at the self-service checkout.


An international consortium of 148 public and private sector organisations from 19 European Union member states and Ukraine is to develop and test digital identity prototypes across six use cases including digital driving licences and medical prescriptions as part of the EU’s large-scale European Digital Identity Wallet pilot programme.

The Potential Consortium will carry out cross-border tests on the use of digital identity instruments compatible with the proposed wallet in areas such as banking, mobility, healthcare and administration. It will also develop prototypes that can be used as a qualified electronic signature and to access electronic government services, open accounts and register SIM cards.

The digital driving licence can be stored on a user’s mobile device and will enable contactless identity verification and licence checking at car rental services or during police checks, link to “other certifications covering legal requirements” and be fully interoperable between EU member states, the consortium says.

The EU revealed in November 2022 that it is preparing to go live with the European Digital Identity Wallet in 2024 and the European Council approved a proposed legislative framework for issuance and usage of the wallet in December.


The global Identity Verification Market is projected to grow from $9.5 billion in 2022 to $18.6 billion by 2027, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.4 percent during the forecast period, according to a new report by MarketsandMarkets.

Factors driving the market growth include increasing identity thefts and growing risks of fraudster access, stringent government regulations and mandates concerning privacy, and a rise in digitalsation initiatives.

By type, the biometrics segment to hold a larger market size during the forecast period.