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March 30, 2022

On the wires

February 9, 2022

On the web

Pakistan to Launch National Digital Identity Wallet


“Citizens of Pakistan will soon be able to apply for, store and display a digital version of their national identity card in a digital ID wallet on their smartphone using an updated version of the country’s Pak-ID mobile app. Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) launched Pak-ID in September 2021, enabling citizens to apply for a physical ID card remotely by using their Android or iOS device to scan supporting documents and capture biometric data including their fingerprint and a photograph of their face to verify their identity.”

January 12, 2022

On the web

TSA to Begin Apple Digital ID Pilot in February


“Air passengers with Apple devices will soon be able to verify their identity at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints at two US airports by presenting a digital ID document such as their mobile driving licence (mDL) or state ID stored in Wallet. The TSA is to begin trialling the use of Apple digital IDs as part of a pilot programme that will roll out to airports in “two additional states around March of 2022”, enabling travellers to tap their Apple device on an NFC reader or use a QR scanner to initiate an automated identity verification process.”

January 3, 2022

On the web

TSA to Begin Supporting Apple’s Digital IDs in February

iDrop News

“The idea of digital driver’s licenses has begun gaining more traction in the U.S. as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) prepares to begin its rollout of Apple’s Digital IDs at key airports early next year. Similar to the way that Apple drove the adoption of mobile payments through Apple Pay, it appears that the introduction of support for Digital IDs in iOS 15 has more government agencies sitting up and taking notice of the technology.”

October 8, 2021

On the wires

Interac Corp. Acquires Exclusive Rights to SecureKey Digital ID Services for Canada

Interac Corp. , a leading payments network and digital ID provider, today announced it has entered into a strategic transaction to acquire the exclusive rights to SecureKey Technologies Inc . (“SecureKey”) digital ID services for Canada. SecureKey is a leading digital ID and authentication provider that works with governments, financial institutions, and businesses to simplify consumer access to online services and applications. This strategic acquisition of the SecureKey Canadian business contracts and exclusive licence in Canada of its intellectual property is the latest investment by Interac to bring together world-class digital identification and authentication capabilities in the market.”

September 15, 2021

On the web

French Government to Let Citizens Scan NFC EID Cards to Access Secure Online Services


“French citizens will soon be able to verify their identity when accessing a range of secure online services — including opening a bank account, filing a tax return and paying for their health insurance — by scanning their updated Carte Nationale d’Identité Électronique (CNIE) eID card with their NFC-enabled smartphone. The French government is introducing the functionality in order to enable holders of the new CNIE card to tap it on their mobile device in response to an authentication request made by any of 900 service providers connected to the FranceConnect platform.”

September 9, 2021

On the wires

French Government Selects IDEMIA for the National Digital ID Program

“The updated French national eID card (CNIe) was launched in August 2021, and will enable French citizens to complete online transactions using their smartphone. Citizens will receive an authentication request on their smartphone. They will then place their CNIe on the back of their phone, which will communicate using Near-Field Communication technology. The mobile app will securely read and authenticate the personal data held in the card’s chip. Citizens will need to provide their consent before authentication.”

September 2, 2021

On the web

Apple Reveals First US States Working to Adopt Digital Apple Wallet IDs


“After first announcing that iOS 15 would bring support for digital IDs via Apple Wallet back at WWDC in June, the first US states that will lead the adoption of the new standard have been named. There are 8 states announced for now that are committed to using Apple Wallet IDs and interestingly, they’re probably not the ones you’d guess. The first of the 8 to launch will be Arizona and Georgia and Apple also says it is already talking with “many more states” about adopting IDs in Apple Wallet.”

June 30, 2021

On the web

Eftpos Rolls Out Secure Digital Identity Exchange for Australian Consumers


“Australia’s Eftpos national debit card system has launched a digital identity exchange solution that enables consumers to share personal information held by trusted digital ID providers in a wide range of use cases, from opening an online account and making online payments to accessing government services or providing proof of age. Eftpos ConnectID allows users to authenticate their identity with merchants, hotels, hospitals, insurers, government departments and other organisations by linking to a verified digital ID such as one registered with their bank or on Australia Post’s Digital iD platform.”

US Credit Union to Let Customers Authenticate Banking Transactions With Mobile Driving Licence


Utah Community Credit Union (UCCU) is to become the first financial institution in the US state to let its customers use Utah’s mobile driving licence (mDL) as a legal form of identification for all banking transactions. The Utah mDL enables users to provide digital proof of their identity by tapping their mobile device on an NFC reader or by showing a QR code for scanning. The state is launching an mDL pilot with a limited number of participants this month with plans to expand the trial to a further 10,000 motorists later this year.”

June 8, 2021

On the web

You’ll Soon Be Able to Use Your IPhone As ID at the Airport

The Verge

“Apple has announced a forthcoming update to its Wallet app that will allow you to use your iPhone as digital identification in select US airports. The company showed how you’ll be able to scan your driver’s license or state ID in participating US states, which will then be encrypted and stored in the iPhone’s secure enclave. The company says it’s working with the TSA to enable the iPhone to be used as identification at airport security checkpoints. As well as secure ID, Apple says it’s working to allow hotels to distribute room card keys via Apple Wallet, allowing you to collect a room key before you arrive at a hotel. Home keys and work keys were also announced as coming to the Wallet app. The new keys feature is also coming to Apple Watch, Apple says .”

June 7, 2021

On the web

Capital One Ventures Invests in Socure Digital Identity Analytics | Biometric Update

Biometric Update

Socure has boosted Capital One’s digital identity trust to increase card approval rates and slash false positives for its U.S. card team, leading the financial institution’s venture arm Capital One Ventures to make a strategic investment in the company. Socure recently became the latest unicorn biometrics with a $100 million funding round that included several other large financial institutions. The latest investment is expected to support Socure’s plans for continued expansion of its identity verification and biometrics across all consumer-facing verticals, including financial services, online gaming, healthcare, telco, e-commerce and on-demand services.”

June 1, 2021

On the web

EU set to unveil digital wallet fit for post-Covid life


“The EU is set to unveil detailed plans for a bloc-wide digital wallet on Wednesday following requests from member states to find a safe way for citizens to access public and private services online. The digital wallet would securely store payment details and passwords and allow citizens from all 27 countries to log into local government websites or pay utility bills using a single recognised identity, said people with direct knowledge of the plans. The EU-wide app, which can be accessed via fingerprint or retina scanning among other methods, will also serve as a vault where users can store official documents such as a driver’s licence.”

April 19, 2021

On the wires

Mastercard to Acquire Ekata to Advance Digital Identity Efforts

“Trust is the key ingredient to conducting digital commerce. Central to creating trust in a digital world is the ability to prove your digital identity – who you are, whether you are interacting in person, online or in app. Today, Mastercard (NYSE: MA) took steps to advance its identity verification efforts with the acquisition of Ekata for US$850 million. Digital identity is a foundational part of Mastercard’s multi-layered approach to security. In 2019, the company introduced a new framework on how digital interactions should evolve, as well as how digital identity will build trust, collaboration and economic growth. That framework is now in use across a number of sectors, from education to travel to healthcare.”

February 1, 2021

On the web

January 11, 2021

On the wires

Equifax Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Kount

Equifax ® (NYSE: EFX ) a global data, analytics and technology company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Kount, a provider of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven fraud prevention and digital identity solutions, for $640 million. As global digital transformation accelerates, driving customer interactions to digital channels in record numbers, businesses require new ways to establish digital identity trust in real time to fight the growing problem of online fraud while reducing customer friction.”

November 17, 2020

On the wires

Mastercard and Optus Bring Digital Identity to the Australian Telecommunications Industry

“Mastercard and Optus today announced a strategic partnership to provide customers a simpler and more secure way to prove their identity online and in-store. In using ID , the Mastercard digital identity service, Optus will strengthen its identity verification and authentication process while retaining its best-in-class, digital-first customer experience.”

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