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February 21, 2019

On the web

SKT Teams Up with Deutsche Telecom for Blockchain Identity Platform

Korea Times

“The nation’s top mobile carrier said blockchain-based digital identification will make the process of verifying personal information much simpler and safer. The Korean and German firms will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress 2019 (MWC), scheduled to kick off on Monday in Barcelona. Under the MOU, SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom’s T-Labs will work together to develop and commercialize blockchain-based mobile identification that can be utilized in various areas including access control, dealings and contracts.”

New Uniform Contactless ID Cards Proposed for EU

Council of the European Union

“Under the proposed new rules, identity cards will have to be produced in a uniform, credit card format (ID-1), include a machine-readable zone, and follow the minimum security standards set out by ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation). They will also need to include a photo and two fingerprints of the cardholder, stored in a digital format, on a contactless chip. ID cards will indicate the country code of the member state issuing them, inside an EU flag.”

January 18, 2019

On the web

Canada urges blockchain on for digital ID dream

FinTech Futures

““We should be open to innovative identity verification methods like document review through a live video connection, use of blockchain, biometrics and other methods that have begun to see widespread adoption in other parts of the economy,” Parmenter comments. “These methods have the potential to prove a person’s identity more securely and accurately than showing physical identification.””

January 10, 2019

On the web

OneLogin snares $100M investment to expand identity solution into new markets


OneLogin is not a young startup by any means. The identity access management company was founded in 2009 and has watched while companies like Ping IdentityDuo Security and Okta had tidy exits. But as CEOs are fond of pointing out, the total addressable market is large and where investors see a chance, they take it. Today, the company announced a $100 million investment.”

December 3, 2018

On the wires

Mastercard, Microsoft Join Forces to Advance Digital Identity Innovations

“This initiative will serve as the foundation for new Mastercard services powered by Microsoft Azure and built in collaboration with leaders in the banking, mobile network operator and government communities. Microsoft and Mastercard are bringing together their respective strengths – Microsoft’s expertise in identity technology and Mastercard’s expertise in securely orchestrating digital interactions in a complex multi-stakeholder ecosystem.”

November 28, 2018

On the web

Physical driving licence, RC no longer mandatory; just mobile phone is enough!

Business Today (India)

“Now you don’t need to carry your driving licence or vehicle registration certificate, in the physical form, while driving. And no, this will not land in you in trouble. The government has brought in amendments in the current law to allow people to carry electronic versions of documents like driving licence or registration copy of their vehicle. That makes it mandatory for authorities to accept the digital version of your driving licence and other vehicle-related documents. So now, all your traffic-related document verification can now be done with your mobile phone.”

November 12, 2018

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November 5, 2018

On the wires

PNC, GIACT® Launch New Identity Verification; Authentication Offering

“PNC Bank, National Association, announced today a strategic alliance with GIACT Systems®, the leader in helping companies positively identify and authenticate customers. By employing GIACT’s verification and authentication technology, PNC commercial clients will be armed with real-time fraud prevention tools to confirm an account is open, active and in good standing prior to initiating a payment.”

October 22, 2018

On the web

What Is the Future of Third-Party Data?


“With web browsers cracking down on ad trackers, data privacy laws going into effect and data breaches remaining ever present, it is presumably not a great time for marketers to be dependent on data that they acquire from other companies. These trends give marketers incentive to use less third-party data that they obtain from companies without direct user relationships, and instead, use more first-party data that they collect directly from their customers.”

October 2, 2018

Top Post

Apple adds support for contactless student ID cards in Wallet

“Starting today, students at three universities are among the first to enjoy the convenience of using just their iPhone and Apple Watch to get around on and off campus. At Duke University and the Universities of Alabama and Oklahoma, students can now add their ID card to Apple Wallet and use it to pay quickly and easily for laundry, coffee or lunch, and even get into their dorms, the gym or the school library.”

October 1, 2018

On the web

Aadhaar verdict brings India’s banks back to square one


“Then, on Sept. 26, a five-judge bench struck down section 57 of the Aadhaar Act, which allowed corporate entities or even individuals to demand the unique Aadhaar number in exchange for goods or services. While customers are rejoicing, banks are reeling under the blow, having already spent a fortune and considerable time and effort in collecting customers’ data. Now they have to revert to the pre-Aadhaar system.”

One Small Step for the Web…

Tim Berners-Lee - Medium blog

“Solid is a platform, built using the existing web. It gives every user a choice about where data is stored, which specific people and groups can access select elements, and which apps you use. It allows you, your family and colleagues, to link and share data with anyone. It allows people to look at the same data with different apps at the same time.”

September 21, 2018

On the web

Gemalto and R3 launch blockchain-based digital ID platform

Banking Technology

“Gemalto has partnered with R3 to launch the Gemalto Trust ID Network, which allows users to create their own digital identity, and carry it over to digital service providers. This way users can sign in to digital banking, e-commerce and e-government services, without having to go through repeated due diligence processes for each of them.”

September 11, 2018

On the web

UIDAI’s Aadhaar Software Hacked, ID Database Compromised, Experts Confirm

Huffington Post India

“The authenticity of the data stored in India’s controversial Aadhaaridentity database, which contains the biometrics and personal information of over 1 billion Indians, has been compromised by a software patch that disables critical security features of the software used to enrol new Aadhaar users, a three month-long investigation by HuffPost India reveals.”

August 15, 2018

On the web

University of Texas Study Highlights Impact of Identity Theft

Mobile ID World

“According to a report summary, the study assessed over 6,000 cases of identity theft and similar crimes from “16 critical infrastructure sectors of the Department of Homeland Security”. It found that “emotional distress is by far the most common type of loss” associated with such incidents, appearing in 75 percent of all cases. The other major type of loss was, of course, financial, which appeared in 54 percent of all cases.”

August 10, 2018

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March 27, 2018

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Will introduce ‘Face ID’ on July 1 for Aadhaar authentication, UIDAI tells Supreme Court

The Hindu

“The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) informed the Supreme Court on Thursday that it will introduce ‘Face ID’ on July 1 to enable Aadhaar holders to authenticate their identity to access services, benefits and subsidies. The ‘Face ID’ would help people without biometrics or those with poor biometrics to avoid authentication failures and financial exclusion.”

February 13, 2018

On the web

Decentralized Digital Identities and Blockchain – The Future as We See It.

Microsoft blog

“Over the last 12 months we’ve invested in incubating a set of ideas for using Blockchain (and other distributed ledger technologies) to create new types of digital identities, identities designed from the ground up to enhance personal privacy, security and control. We’re pretty excited by what we’ve learned and by the new partnerships we’ve formed in the process.”

January 29, 2018

On the wires

Evernym and R3 partner to apply self-sovereign identity to financial services

“At its heart, Sovrin technology facilitates the exchange of ‘verifiable claims’, which in this context refers to those provable attestations which entities make about themselves: their age, address, certifications earned, and more. Evernym builds applications upon the Sovrin network which specialize in identity-based claims, such as those which establish a user’s authority to exert control over the funds in a particular financial account.”

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