Editorial

Digital Identity: Global Roundup

Digital identity news from around the world

Posted 6 November 2023 by Christine Horton


Global

Identity verification (IDV) provider Veriff has updated its fully automated IDV product. The solution uses advanced machine learning to enable a 100 percent automated identity verification process with no human involvement.

Building on the earlier iterations, the company said new solution has a faster response time, and each verification session has a decision, decision score, and more insights. These insights show in detail what happened in the verification session, providing information points that customers can use to build their own onboarding decision-making.

Spain

Onfido has announced a partnership with Job&Talent, a marketplace headquartered in Spain, for essential work.

Together, they will automate remote identity verification “for new candidate onboarding, eliminating the need for in-branch visits.” Onfido’s technology helps Job&Talent accelerate customer acquisition and “scale across Europe.”

With Onfido’s autofill and document verification solution powered by Onfido Atlas, users can “reduce the onboarding process to less than two minutes.”

United Kingdom

Policing Minister Chris Philp said that the UK police should use live recognition more widely to quickly identify suspects and deter crime.

“AI technology is a powerful tool for good, with huge opportunities to advance policing and cut crime,” he said.

Philp also called for doubling the number of searches for offenders using retrospective facial recognition technology by May 2024. By this date, the police in England and Wales could exceed 200,000 facial recognition searches against the Police National Database, he said.

But the use of the technology has sparked concerns over increasing surveillance of UK citizens as well as warnings about the lack of checks and balances.

A coalition of 14 human rights groups, including Liberty, Amnesty International and Big Brother Watch, has written a letter to retailers backing the UK police plan to combat shoplifting with facial recognition. The group says that the Retail Crime Action Plan could “amplify existing inequalities in the criminal justice system.”

“Facial recognition technology notoriously misidentifies people of color, women and LGBTQ+ people, meaning that already marginalized groups are more likely to be subject to an invasive stop by police, or at increased risk of physical surveillance, monitoring and harassment by workers in your stores,” the letter claimed.

Jamaica

Jamaican government officials say they will factor in proposals made by members of the public and the private sector to a draft regulation that would oversee how the country’s new digital ID rolls out.

The regulation is about how the National Identification and Registration Inspectorate (NIRI) and the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) will work together to run the digital ID system. It also offers the basis for a framework that would guarantee the security and protection of personal data, officials have assured.

Dr. Warren Vernon, program director of the Jamaica National Identification System (NIDS) told a press conference after a cabinet meeting recently that adjustments are being made to the system after a pilot, and from public comments submitted by Jamaican citizens. The pilot for the digital ID was launched in December 2022.

Global

Google is preparing to launch a new Credential Manager for Android. It’s an API for storing authentication credentials and will offer a simple way for apps to integrate passkey support on Android 14. It’s the latest sign of Google’s commitment to supporting passkeys after the tech giant announced it would make passkeys the default authentication mechanism for personal Google Accounts earlier this month.

France

Administrators at the Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport in France have been testing a biometric passenger processing system for flights to half a dozen European destinations. Transavia, Air Corsica and TAP Air Portugal have been involved in the pilot, and the airport’s operations director says that other airlines have begun to approach airport administrators about getting involved. The “Biometric Experience” requires interested travellers to use the Lyon Airport mobile app, with registration enabling access to dedicated, face-scanning screening lanes.

Thailand

A biometric passenger processing system has now gone live via Thailand’s Thai Vietjet airline. The system is dubbed “Smart Path”, and, like the SITA Smart Path system that has seen a growing number of deployments at various airports in recent months, it revolves around facial recognition technology; but a report from the domestic outlet The Nation describes the biometric system as having been “developed by the Airport Authority of Thailand (AOT).” The system ties a traveller’s biometric data to a digital ID token called “One ID”. It’s now being used for travellers on certain flights between Bangkok and Singapore.

Australia

Hundreds of millions of identity checks under the federal government’s ID verification service may have been illegally conducted, with the Albanese government rushing through legislation to underpin the service.

The Guardian reported that the Albanese government has pushed through new legislation in the House of Representatives. It is now under review in the Senate.

Part of the rush, according to witnesses at the Senate inquiry, was that verification services linking up the state and territory ID systems to businesses carrying out ID checks appeared to have been operating without a legislative framework. This would make them illegal.

The Greens senator David Shoebridge asked the Digital Rights Watch chair, Lizzie O’Shea, if the speed at which the legislation was being pushed through parliament was to shield the government from unlawful practice of the service.

“I think there’s a real question about the legality of the scheme, and the haste is about protecting the government from liability,” O’Shea said.

United States

New York-based Instnt, which provides technology for preventing insurance fraud, is launching a decentralised digital identity for consumers to ease onboarding of customers.

The new Multipass is based on verifiable credentials, and provides one-click or QR code onboarding without either passwords or multi-factor authentication, according to the announcement. The credential provides strong assurance with KYC binding and continuous authentication, the company says.

Instnt’s said that identity verification is carried out with selfie biometrics compared to a government-issued ID document. It also said Multipass avoids vendor lock-in and supports self-sovereign identity, while protecting against fraud loss liability of up to $100 million.

Spain

Digital identity firm Signicat is partnering with ISTEC, a Spanish company that provides electronic trust services for private and government entities, to launch a service that lets individuals request a qualified digital certificate through video identification.

The service allows Spanish citizens or foreigners with a valid TIE identity card living throughout Europe to apply for a digital certificate via personal computer or a mobile device. The certificates are valid for three years. This eliminates the previously mandatory in-person trip to apply for a digital ID certificate.

Signicat will provide identity verification via video face biometrics, which are compared with the biometric pattern of a photo on an ID document. Per the release, the biometrics secure the system against identity theft or manipulation of the ID document, and ensure compliance with the requirements of Europe’s eIDAS regulation for digital identity verification.

ISTEC (Infraestructures i Serveis de Telecomunicacions i Certificació) is the qualified provider of electronic trust services to private and public entities, most notably the Generalitat Valenciana, which governs the autonomous region of Valencia in eastern Spain.

Denmark

Denmark’s NemID digital ID system is no more after more than 13 years, completing the migration to the new, more secure, MitID system.

According the the Agency for Digital Government, 98 percent of Danes over the age of 15 have already shifted over to the MidID system, with only 31,149 citizens using NemID within the past six months, and only 11,493 in the month up to 15 October.

United Kingdom

Australian self-sovereign digital identity blockchain company ShareRing has been accredited under the UK’s Digital Identities and Attributes Trust Framework (DIATF).

ShareRing will offer its digital identity solution for digital ID authentication, with the addition of ID verification for land registry purposes in the UK.

Global

SecureAuth has expanded its technology partnership with BeyondTrust for deeper integration between Arculix, SecureAuth’s passwordless authentication solution, with BeyondTrust Privileged Remote Access for SAML, Linux and Unix, and BeyondTrust Password Safe.

The verified integration delivers step-up authentication natively with BeyondTrust. The platform can rely on Arculix to perform passwordless continuous authentication as either the primary IDP or as a step-up authentication service. This integration supports organizations utilizing BeyondTrust and gives them the flexibility and frictionless experience Arculix delivers.

Europe

Hardware security key firm Yubico said it is joining one of four large-scale pilots (LSPs) developing the underlying technology for the incoming EU Digital Identity (EUDI) framework for wallets, and has released a working demo.

The company has been invited to join as an associate partner in the EU Digital Identity Wallet Consortium, or EWC, an LSP co-founded by agencies of the Swedish government including the Agency for Digital Government, to codify digital wallet frameworks in anticipation of the rollout of eIDAS 2.0 in 2025-26. The Finnish Ministry of Finance is also helping coordinate the project.