Editorial

Digital Identity: Global Roundup

Digital identity news from around the world

Posted 4 December 2023 by Christine Horton


Global

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched Amazon One Enterprise, a palm-based identity authentication service. The public cloud giant says the new service enables organizations to provide “a fast, convenient, and contactless experience for employees and other authorized users” to gain access to physical locations such as datacentres, office and residential buildings, airports, hotels and resorts, and educational institutions. It can also provide access to digital assets such as restricted software resources (e.g., financial data and HR records).

IT and security administrators can install the Amazon One devices and manage users, devices, and software updates in the AWS Management Console.

Malaysia

Personal data security in the Malaysian digital identity (Digital ID) scheme will be under tight control, said communications and digital minister, Fahmi Fadzil.

Fadzil said the government will provide a module that can be used by all ministries, and subsequently the private sector.

“With this module, we need not worry about the security aspects of Digital ID,” he said.

Fahmi also said he had instructed the Information Department and the pertinent ministries to enhance the clarity of the explanations regarding the Digital ID.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The southern Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is planning to pilot its national digital identity system next year, reports the St. Vincent Times, with help from MOSIP and a Thales subsidiary.

Finance minister Camilo Gonsalves revealed that the pilot will utilise the MOSIP platform and the country’s Vital Statistics System in an address to parliament.

Technology for the project was procured from 3M Innovative Properties through a pooled procurement by the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). The total contract is for $3.1 million, with St. Vincent and the Grenadines accounting for $785,000.

Luxembourg

Luxembourg’s Ministry for Digitalisation and Government IT Centre (CTIE) is to test a digital identity system that allows multiple official documents to be stored and exchanged across four use cases as part of the European Union’s large-scale European Digital Identity Wallet (EUDIW) pilot programme.

Two government bodies will test the effectiveness and Europe-wide compatibility of a national digital ID wallet for storing and using mobile driving licences, accessing eGovernment services, opening a bank account and remote document signing.

The tests are being conducted within the framework of the Potential Consortium’s trials of digital ID prototypes across six use cases with the support of more than 140 public and private sector organisations from 19 EU member states and Ukraine.

Czech Republic

The Chamber of Deputies has passed a draft amendment that will allow people in Czechia to use digital ID cards stored on mobile devices to prove their identity. Digital IDs should be in use from 2024. The amendment is part of the Digital Czech Republic project aimed at digitizing public access to government services.

The draft amendment to the law enables voluntary use of digital cards. Digital cards will not replace physical IDs and cannot be used to verify one’s identity remotely. Digital ID cards won’t be valid for international travel.

Global

Digital identity software vendor Okta has said data on all users of its customer support service was exposed in a recent cyberattack. The attack, disclosed last month, was the latest in a series of breaches to have impacted the company.

Okta has notified customers that hackers downloaded a report that contained the names and email addresses of all clients that use its customer support system. It had previously said that only 1% of its users were impacted by the incident, but this number now seems likely to be much higher. The company works with 17,000 clients, managing 50 billion users.

Belgium

A survey of Belgian smartphone users from Deloitte revealed that they are open to using their devices for banking and health monitoring, but don’t want digital IDs on their phones.

Most Belgians – 71 percent – do not want a digital ID on their phone, and 79 percent do not want a mobile driver’s licence (mDL). Half refuse to fully digitise their IDs.

Australia

Australia’s federal government has introduced a Digital ID Bill in the Senate to establish and provide a framework for the country’s digital ID system. It has also proposed an AU $145.5 million investment to implement and oversee the system.

The investment would take place over four years starting from 2023-24. It would include a $67 million investment over 2.5 years for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to serve in an interim regulatory role, per the digital ID legislation, starting July 1, 2024.

Another $56 million would be invested into the Attorney-General’s Department over the course of four years to support identity matching services. These services include a federal government-run face biometrics portal. A further $3.3 million would support the credential protection register to support future cybersecurity efforts and protect against identity-related crimes.