Digital Identity: Global Roundup

Digital identity news from around the world

Posted 25 September 2023 by Christine Horton


Signicat has launched no-code platform Signicat Mint. Signicat’s digital identity solutions, including identity proofing, authentication, signing, and fraud detection, are accessible through Signicat Mint as a no-code visual editor. This, aid Signicat, enables companies to drag and drop the necessary components they need to build their workflows without coding.

Following this, the onboarding flow can be integrated into an existing service or app as access is granted to the end-user via a link sent through email, as a button on a website, or it can be activated through an API.

United Kingdom

The personal details of thousands of UK police officers have been stolen after a suspected ransomware attack on a third-party supplier, Stockport based identity card maker Digital ID.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP), one of the largest police departments in the UK, confirmed Digital ID holds “some information on those employed by GMP.”

When asked by TechCrunch, GMP spokesperson Abi Richardson declined to say what types of data were accessed, though the force has confirmed that financial data is not believed to be affected. The spokesperson also declined to say how many officers are affected, but BBC News reports that as many as 20,000 individuals had their information stolen.

Digital ID claims to serve more than 22,000 customers across 100 countries. TechCrunch understands that Digital ID prints cards for a small number of customers, including GMP, which requires these organisations to supply employees’ personal data.


Somalia has launched a biometric identity card system.

During the launch, Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre said that introducing a national ID would help combat security threats, terrorism and identity fraud.

“This system will boost our businesses and economy, our banks, communication and Hawala money transfer systems. It will strictly deal with terror networks and the fight against extremism,” he said.

The government plans to register 15 million Somalis for the national ID by the end of 2026, and eventually open registration offices in each of the country’s districts.


Veriff’s identity verification offering is now available in AWS Marketplace, where customers can find, buy, and deploy a range of software products and services that are designed to run on the AWS platform.

Veriff has been selected to be among a few identity verification (IDV) providers on AWS Marketplace. With Veriff’s AI-powered ID verification solution users are asked to take a selfie and a picture of their government-issued ID. Veriff’s technology then detects and verifies the document and instructs the user when the back of the ID is required, making the experience seamless.


Draft legislation paving the way for a national economy-wide digital identity scheme has been unveiled, with the federal government planning to introduce it to parliament by the end of the year.

The scheme was launched by the former Coalition government in 2014, with 10.5 million Australians now having some form of a digital identity. The federal government has said it plans to expand it to the states and private sector organisations, with Australians to eventually be able to voluntarily use a digital identity created with a private sector organisation to access government services.

A national Digital ID will provide Australians with a “simple, inclusive and convenient method for verifying their identity in online transactions with government and businesses, while protecting their privacy and the security of their personal information”, a government fact sheet said.

United Kingdom

Sumsub’s non-document identity verification platform is being launched in the company’s native UK. Following its introduction in Nigeria, Brazil, India and other countries. Sumsub has developed a strategic partnership with OneID, to bring it to financial institutions and customers in the UK.

The platform enables users to log in to their bank accounts and give consent to share personal data from secure bank records, in an ID verification process that a company release says takes less than five seconds.

Speed and breadth are the platform’s key features: in addition to an exponentially faster onboarding time than the industry average of two minutes, with no need to upload photos or ID documents, non-document ID verification will cover 95 percent of the UK’s adult population. Institutions that will facilitate customer data verification include Barclays, Bank of Scotland, Chase, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds, MBNA, Monzo, NatWest, RBS, Santander, Starling, TSB, Ulster, and Virgin Money.


The Kenya government insists that the design of the country’s third generation national ID dubbed Maisha Namba will respect the core principles of data protection, inclusion and trust.

The permanent secretary at the State Department of Immigration and Citizen Services, Julius Bitok, gave the assurance during a multi-stakeholder consultation meeting on the imminent rollout of the new digital ID system, reports Citizen Digital, via Biometric Update.

Kenyan President William Ruto is set to launch the Maisha Namba and Card on Friday September 29 in Nairobi.

Czech Republic

The Czech government has passed an amendment to the country’s legislation on the Right to Digital Services that will enable citizens of the Czech Republic to store and use a digital version of their national identity card in a wallet on their smartphone.

The government is to launch the eDoklady digital ID card and wallet as “an important intermediate step” towards the introduction of the EU Digital Identity Wallet (EUDI) that will enable all European Union citizens to store a range of documents — including their ID card, passport, driving licence, health documentation, professional qualifications and education certificates — on their mobile device.

The eDoklady app will be compatible with the EUDI and “will provide a practical alternative for everyone who does not want to think about having to carry classic plastic cards,” said the government’s Digital and Information Agency.

The application will be connected to the Citizen Portal, which contains encrypted information necessary for identification and verification.

“In the case of an identity card, it is both an identity and, for example, proof of age (typically for the purchase of alcohol and cigarettes).

“The application generates a QR code at the moment of inspection, which proves what is needed through a simple electronic reader.”


iProov has announced a new integration with Ping Identity, leveraging PingOne DaVinci, a no-code identity orchestration service. The partnership will allow joint customers to bring iProov’s biometrics solutions to the platform to enable users of DaVinci to verify digital identities using facial biometrics.

iProov has partnered with Ping Identity to deliver a DaVinci connector that integrates with the iProov Biometric Solution Suite to enable organizations to verify an individual’s identity as part of their IAM/CIAM solutions using science-based liveness detection.

Liveness detection is used in biometric verification and authentication to assure that the genuine person is gaining rightful access to services. Preventing criminals or impostors from spoofing identity verification processes by using photographs, videos, masks, or generative AI-created deepfakes or face swaps.