Sony unlocks in-camera forgery-proof technology

Sony unlocks in-camera forgery-proof technology

Today, Sony has today announced the availability of its in-camera forgery proof photo technology for corporate business users. Using digital signatures processed at capture, Sony technology supports to detect any modification to an image thus protecting it from fraudulent usage.

Following widespread issues with unauthorised editing and misconduct around digital photo data, Sony has developed forgery-proof technology, based on standard cryptography, for corporate users to safeguard images against future misuse.

With Sony’s in-camera signing mode activated, images are immediately cryptographically signed by the camera processor upon capture. Following this, any pixel modification, tampering or potential forgery will cancel the image signature, as the image manipulation will be detected by the customer’s own certificate server during examination.

Available on the Alpha 7 IV camera, with expansion to other models to be considered in sequence, this new functionality streamlines the lengthy process required from image submission through to verification, all with the addition of extra security.

The Alpha 7 IV also combines a 33.0MP full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor with BIONZ XR™ imaging engine to deliver high-speed processing and outstanding resolution.

Sony’s new forgery-proof signing mode ensures the secure creation and transmission of images based on cryptographic methods, as the fundamental need for certifying unmodified and secure images grows in many applications, across multiple industries.

This technology is particularly applicable for passports and ID verification but goes further in tackling image manipulation in the media, medical and law enforcement fields. For the insurance and construction sectors, this technology will offer a secure foundation for inspection and recording of damage​.

Yasuo Baba, Director of Digital Imaging and European Product Marketing at Sony, commented:

“It is Sony’s missions to strengthen business solutions with cutting-edge imagery technology and our in-camera digital signing is a real game changer for combatting image manipulation and forgery across multiple industries. Whilst appropriate adaptations for each industry need to be made, the digital signature is multilingual and can be used internationally, enabling organisations worldwide to streamline mandatory image signing with Sony technology.”

Currently compatible with the Alpha 7 IV, and subject to receipt of a license to enable Sony’s signing mode, this facility will be available for business users with plans for further model expansion to follow. In tandem, Sony will continue to examine how we can utilise our industry-leading imaging technology to further support enhanced security across multiple industries, with plans to expand the line-up of supported cameras hereafter.

Association of Banks in Singapore: Measures to strengthen digital banking security

Association of Banks in Singapore: Measures to strengthen digital banking security

The Association of Banks in Singapore is collaborating with The Monetary Authority of Singapore on implementing further measures to protect consumers against the present risks of digital banking fraud, stepping up its actions announced in January.

Banks across Singapore are increasing their support of customers by requiring multi-factor authentication in order to process significant changes to customers’ accounts and allow high-risk transactions. As part of more efforts to safeguard customers, Singapore Police Force has also been consulted in decisions to introduce new measures that banks must follow.

In addition, a cap on the maximum amount which can be transacted will be come into effect. Customers will also have more control and ownership over suspending their own accounts if they suspect it has been compromised. Across the banking sector, these new protective measures will force banks to do more in enhancing fraud surveillance systems to counteract the threat of a rising number of financial scams, which include phishing, authorised push payment fraud and social engineering tactics.

The Global Identity and Fraud Report conducted by Experian found that 1 in 4 customers in the Asia-Pacific have been victims of fraud, with China and India appearing to be especially concerned over being defrauded through social media sites or apps.

Customers have also been urged to stay vigilant of common scam techniques and comply with the recommendations to utilise bank apps more often and refer to trusted sources.

Consolidating the work of the Anti-Scam Taskforce, established in 2020, an ABS committee on Fraud will drive anti-fraud intervention efforts.

Wee Ee Cheong, Chairman, Association of Banks in Singapore, said, “As an industry, we are constantly reviewing and putting in place sensible and secure measures to safeguard our customers from scams while allowing them to bank with ease. Combating scams, whether digital or otherwise, requires the effort and cooperation of everyone – banks, ecosystem players and also customers. Public awareness and staying vigilant are key. We are committed to work together with all stakeholders to uphold the trust and confidence of digital banking.”

 

SIA calls for change over identity supply chain forecasts

SIA calls for change over identity supply chain forecasts

The Secure Identity Alliance has set out its recommendations of good practice amid failures to forecast identity supplies in the supply chain, creating long delays for customers receiving their government ID documents.

The non-profit association, which promotes best standards within the identity industry, has called for better planning in the supply chain to ensure that travel and access to citizen services is not impacted.

A global shortage of identity components (i.e. chips) exacerbated by the pandemic, with a surge of demand following the worst period of the outbreak, has contributed to the severe backlog.

According to the SIA, customers will continue to be the worst impacted by supply issues of electronic documents over 2023, as across the industry physical documents are gradually replaced by digital ID.

Billions of citizens around the world have transitioned to depending on eID cards, e-passports, and other methods of digital identity. Post-pandemic, digital transformation and the heightened demand of technologies has created more business opportunity for suppliers, while impacted their abilities to deliver greater promises.

As travel restrictions have eased, more people have decided to renew their travel documents compared to a 40% decrease in passport demand and use during the worst of the pandemic.

The Secure Identity Alliance is calling all on industry and government stakeholders to foster a collaborative approach to urge suppliers to focus on ensuring smooth delivery of crucial identity supplies. In addition, accurate forecasting is necessary while managing citizen expectations and communicating the reasons behind document delays.

iProov: Platinum Sponsor at Identity Week Asia 2022

iProov: Platinum Sponsor at Identity Week Asia 2022

iProov will be making a second appearance after Identity Week Europe in June as Platinum Sponsor at the Asia conference this September, where identity enablers from across the APAC region will gather for an unmissable 2 days of networking and building connections in the quest for seamless security.

Back in June, iProov played a prominent role in setting out future authentication and onboarding technology harnessing biometrics. iProov’s CEO, Andrew Bud gave an energised keynote speech followed by a highly complimentary interview in which he stressed that Identity Week Europe enabled a fruitful forum for networking between industry stakeholders.

Since its inception in 2011, iProov has sought to strengthen awareness and urgency around the opportunities of establishing Genuine Presence Assurance to counter security risks.

Andrew alludes to a “watershed” moment in the deployment of biometrics when everyone from consumers, financial institutions and enterprises became interested in protecting security concerns over identity theft and fraud, supported by the advances in technology.

The conference at the ExCeL, London reflected this shift in industry-wide attitudes towards “authentically verifying” users in “untrusted contexts with untrusted networks and software”.

As a result, hundreds of identity experts turned out for such a unifying event, to showcase their solutions and forge new business deals around digital ID and biometric deployment.

Book a FREE ticket now to meet iProov and many more future-proof solution providers in the Asia specific market: https://secure.terrapinn.com/V5/step1.aspx?E=10627&p=1

Identity Week Asia takes place on 6-7 September!

SIA calls for change over identity supply chain forecasts

Secure Identity Alliance mediates tensions over identity supply chain forecasts

The Secure Identity Alliance has set out its recommendations of good practice amid failures to forecast identity supplies in the supply chain, creating long delays for customers receiving their government ID documents.

The non-profit association, which promotes best standards within the identity industry, has called for better planning in the supply chain to ensure that travel and access to citizen services is not impacted.

A global shortage of identity components (i.e. chips) exacerbated by the pandemic, with a surge of demand following the worst period of the outbreak, has contributed to the severe backlog.

According to the SIA, customers will continue to be the worst impacted by supply issues of electronic documents over 2023, as across the industry physical documents are gradually replaced by digital ID.

Billions of citizens around the world have transitioned to depending on eID cards, e-passports, and other methods of digital identity. Post-pandemic, digital transformation and the heightened demand of technologies has created more business opportunity for suppliers, while impacted their abilities to deliver greater promises.

As travel restrictions have eased, more people have decided to renew their travel documents compared to a 40% decrease in passport demand and use during the worst of the pandemic.

The Secure Identity Alliance is calling all on industry and government stakeholders to foster a collaborative approach to urge suppliers to focus on ensuring smooth delivery of crucial identity supplies. In addition, accurate forecasting is necessary while managing citizen expectations and communicating the reasons behind document delays.

Consumer demand surges for digital payment system in Egypt

Consumer demand surges for digital payment system in Egypt

Consumer awareness in Egypt of digital payment options is accelerating, according to latest findings in the MasterCard New Payments Index 2022, with greater demand following more availability of infrastructure and technology.

In 2021, the findings revealed 94% of consumers in Egypt were considering emerging payment options such as Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL), biometrics, digital wallets and QR codes.

Since the pandemic, technology habits have changed which can be attributed for “cashless” consumer habits and higher demand for digital payments options.

Over 2/3 of participants agreed that the pandemic galvanised them to experiment with alternative payment methods.

A year later, the report has highlighted a contingency in rising adoption of digital technologies across consumer finance, with 88% of citizens in Egypt stating they used at least one new payment method during 2021.

“Although traditional payment methods are still attractive to segments of consumers, 15 percent of consumers in Egypt indicated a decrease in their use of cash payment methods during the past year, and in contrast, 64 percent of these users (compared to 61 percent globally) have increased their use of at least one new digital payment method over the past year, including digital cards, SMS payments, digital money transfer apps, and instant payment services,” the document stated.

Finland expresses interest to trial digital EU passport first

Finland expresses interest to trial digital EU passport first

Finland has expressed interest to be one of the first countries in the EU to pilot a new mobile app holding digital travel documents for cross-border travel.

Further to trials by a select number of member states, the proposal is to roll out digital passports and security documents in all 27 countries belonging to the European Union.

In this latest step away from physical travel documents, processes for proving the right to travel look to become simplified. Passengers will be able to send advanced digital ID documents such as a passport to border authorities in advance to making a journey.

Reportedly, the European Commission approached Finland last year to be part of a pilot project to consider digitalising passports.

Mikko Väisänen, an inspector at the Finnish Border Guard commented: “We’re currently drafting a funding application for the commission. The application must be submitted by the end of August. It’ll then be decided whether the project will be carried out or not”.

As well as Finland’s involvement in a trial, digital documents will be tested in travel between Croatia and Finland and Canada and the Netherlands.

The Parliament of Finland recently passed legislation to set standards around creating a digital identity ecosystem in the country which will give citizens verified access to their own personal data and public services. As well as digital meaning more secure for travel or access to Government services, Finland is following a world-wide trends of countries seeking to provide a streamlined consumer experience to authenticate and verify faster.

There is still uncertainty whether Finland’s trial will actually go ahead or be bypassed with trials first being carried out on air crossings to Croatia. Some passengers will be asked to downloaded the mobile app onto their phones although will still be required to carry their physical passport with them.

iProov: Platinum Sponsor at Identity Week Asia 2022

iProov: Platinum Sponsor at Identity Week Asia 2022

iProov will be making a second appearance at Identity Week Asia as Platinum Sponsors this September, when identity enablers from across the APAC region will gather for an unmissable 2 days of networking, building connections and forming partnerships in the quest for seamless security.

Back in June, iProov played a prominent role in setting out future authentication and onboarding technology harnessing biometrics. iProov’s CEO, Andrew Bud gave an energised keynote speech followed by a highly complimentary interview in which he stressed that Identity Week Europe enabled a fruitful forum for vital networking between industry stakeholders.

Since its inception in 2011, iProov has sought to strengthen awareness and urgency around the opportunities of establishing Genuine Presence Assurance to counter the security risks.

Andrew alludes to a “watershed” moment in the deployment of biometrics in which everyone from consumers, financial institutions and enterprises have now become interested in protecting security concerns over identity theft and fraud, supported by the advances in technology.

The conference at the ExCeL, London reflected this shift in industry-wide attitudes towards “authentically verifying” users in “untrusted contexts with untrusted networks and software”.

As a result, hundreds of identity experts turned out for such a unifying event, to showcase their solutions and forge new business deals for Digital ID and biometric deployment.

Book a FREE ticket now to meet iProov and many more future-proof solutions providers in the Asia specific market: https://secure.terrapinn.com/V5/step1.aspx?E=10627&p=1

Identity Week Asia takes place on 6-7 September!

 

ARV and Krungthai partner to trial ASEAN’s first NCID platform

ARV and Krungthai partner to trial ASEAN’s first NCID platform

AI and Robotics Ventures has signed an MOU with Krungthai Bank Public Company to trial a National Corporate Identification (NCID) platform being proposed by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The solution will serve to identify and verify corporation accessing any financial service, such as opening a bank account, and streamline the know-your-customer (KYC) process between enterprises and financial institutions.

The NCID platform is the first of its kind in the ASEAN region and once implemented will speed up corporate verification and onboarding, as referred to as the Know Your Customer (KYC) process.

An enhanced system of KYC provides the business opportunity for enterprises to access financial service as well as ensures financial institutions can monitor the secure onboarding of companies.

The Platform deploys Thailand’s Electronic Transaction Development Agency standards of decentralised identity on a public blockchain, leveraging technologies like Web 3, Digital ID, digital document creations and digital signatures while still using secure cryptography encryption.

General Manager at AI and Robotics Ventures, Dr. Thana Slanvetpan said, “Conducting transactions between corporates and commercial banks is still plagued by a number of inefficiencies and limitations, including the reliance on paper-based documents and laborious manual processes. The ability to quickly, transparently, and reliably, verify digital-signatures together with its signing-authority in one single solution has been a limitation for juristic persons, inhibiting more widespread digital transformation.”

GovTech and UK Government Digital Service sign MoU agreement

GovTech and UK Government Digital Service sign MoU agreement

The UK Government Digital Service and GovTech Singapore are working together to further enhance the digitalisation of government public services, signing a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement in June.

The UK Government has many different roles in digitising the private sector through the DCMS while also focusing on digital public services.

Both countries are committed to driving digital transformation across private and public sector functions and are widely recognised as digital leaders, taking active roles to shape policies and standards within government spaces.

The MoU signing follows the UK and Singapore’s partnership on the Digital Economy Agreement (UKSDEA) which came into effect on 14 June and covered the digitised trade in services and goods across the economy, for example consolidating open and inclusive digital market, data-sharing, digital trading systems and financial services.

The long-standing partnership between the two agencies will now include collaborating on the design and delivery of digitalised government services over the next 3 years.

Tom Read, Chief Executive Officer and Director General of Government Digital Service UK commented on the latest venture to partner with GovTech Singapore, saying: “Over the last three years we have shared experience and expertise on a number of topics, from digital capability and the COVID-19 response, to digital ID, data security and our Government as a Platform strategy. GDS recognises the incredible value of peer-to-peer partnerships for sharing and progressing good practice in digital government”.

As well as the digitalisation of the public and private sector, accelerated post-pandemic, Governments need to comply with data security. The GDS supported a review into the level of data privacy and protection adhered to by Singapore’s government and local authorities, sharing best practices and experiences on safeguarding user data. The recommendations provided by the GDS were developed into learnings for Singapore’s Public Sector Data Security Review Committee.

Mr. Kok Ping Soon, Chief Executive of GovTech Singapore also said: “With economies around the world digitalising, it is imperative for Singapore to work with like-minded partners to push the boundaries of digital services for our citizens and businesses, and unlock greater benefits for the respective countries. The partnership between GovTech Singapore and the Government Digital Service will lock in the digitalisation gains that we have made respectively in the last three years, as we look forward to further improving the delivery of government services”.

 

6 FAQs about Identity Week Asia | 6 – 7 September, Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore

6 FAQs about Identity Week Asia | 6 – 7 September, Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore

Still hesitant to book your ticket for Identity Week Asia?

For new and returning stakeholders, the number and diversity of industry topics circulating social media and company pages can be a minefield. Our sessions, designed for all regional Asia stakeholders, are integrated into one event under the same roof with easy to navigate signage systems for a seamless experience – and that’s before we consider the solutions!

We aim to deliver a variety of specific and whole-industry sessions for relevant stakeholders across the industry.

With just over a month to go until we welcome APAC identity community in Singapore, we want to provide transparency in relation to floor-plan logistics, speakers you are guaranteed to meet and hear onsite and a carefully curated arrangement of exhibitors, all of which make for a superior experience at Identity Week Asia.

From 6 – 7 September at the Suntec Convention Centre in Singapore, discover ground-breaking solutions that you will be open to invest in to harness innovations in identity. Meet with perfect-match partners to work with you on enhancing digital onboarding experiences, seamless and secure verification, optimising the user experience and fighting document fraud.

Join thousands of identity big-thinkers, innovators and disruptors from across the Asia Pacific region this September and find out what the future holds for our incredible fast-paced industry.

Identity Week Asia 2022 has it all – aimed at relevant members of the community while security document credentials continue to co-exist with digital transformation and ID.

1. FAQ: Can you summarise all the topics/sessions on this year’s program which are included in my delegate pass?   

National Identity Initiatives | ID in Financial Services | Document Security Innovations | Identity and Access Management | Digital Onboarding | ID in Payments and eCommerce | Digital ID and Biometrics in Travel | Contactless Biometrics | ID for Citizens | Fighting Document Fraud | Decentralised ID and Blockchain | Security Document Manufacture

2. FAQ: When are the keynote presentations on Day 1 and 2?

9-9.40AM.

3. FAQ: Who can I hear talking about physical security documents, as well as digital ID?

Johnson Kengalu Oge, Chief Immigration Officer, Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration

Yimmy Korn-usa, Forensic Scientist and DeputySuperintendent, Royal Thai Police

4. FAQ: Is there fair representation from the public sector and academia?

Ott Sarv, Principal Advisor, Digital ID, Independant

Adam Chee, National University of Singapore, Chief, Smart Health Leadership Centre

Hannah Lim Yee Fen, Professor, Nanyang Technological University

Dilnesaw Israel, Senior Legal and Policy Advisor ,Prime Ministers Office, National ID Program – Ethiopia

5. FAQ: Digital Identity is the future! 

Of course. An unforgettable aspect of the conference.

We have sessions spanning roundtables, panel sessions, keynote addresses and presentations that cater for Identity and Access Management (IAM), Digital Onboarding, Decentralised ID and Blockchain, Digital Verification and Authentication, Digital ID and Biometrics in Travel, ID in Payments and E-Commerce, ID for Citizens, Contactless Biometrics.

6. FAQ: I work in Finance and Banking..

Here’s a snapshot of Banking industry experts who will be involved in panel sessions:

Nat Sakimura, Chairman, OpenID Foundation

Sugandhi Govil, VP, AML Compliance, Genesis

Gus Poston, CEO, Netbank

Jaebeom Kim, Digital ID, Telecommunications andTechnology Association (TTA)

Tickets and FREE Exhibition Passes are available at: https://secure.terrapinn.com/V5/step1.aspx?E=10627&p=1. Government attend free.

Pipl’s Trust Solution Expands Fraud Detection To Every Customer Touchpoint

Pipl’s Trust Solution Expands Fraud Detection To Every Customer Touchpoint

Pipl, the identity trust company, has introduced Pipl Trust, a new solution designed to democratise trust and redefine the way online organisations and retailers look at risk for the digital consumer. Pipl Trust provides an easy, frictionless way to assess trust in every digital consumer interaction.

“The lack of trust online has significant implications at every consumer touchpoint and leads to increased friction, decreased loyalty and customer churn,” said Matthew Hertz, founder and CEO of Pipl. “We need to democratise trust and keep bad actors out of every digital interaction, not just the payment layer. By assessing the risk of every customer interaction, Pipl provides frictionless trust at every stage of the digital consumer journey and significantly reduces fraud and abuse.”

Evaluating Trust at Every Point of Digital Customer Engagement

Digital acceleration has exacerbated old issues and created new ones for website operators and mobile application providers—from fake registrations and false reviews, to account takeover and promo abuse. It’s important for businesses to be able to quickly and efficiently establish trust to reduce friction for good customers while defending against abuse.

Although many organisations look only at payment fraud, companies lose more business when they create friction for good customers. For example, U.S. merchants lose more than $443 billion annually in false declines. Beyond e-commerce, lack of trust impacts every organisation providing any type of online service, from product reviews and reservations to dating, classified ads and streaming services.

Available as an easily integrated software development kit (SDK), Pipl Trust provides continuous adaptive trust to better identify trustworthy engagements at every digital touchpoint. Pipl Trust is easily integrated into every web page and application screen with a snippet of code. It then provides predictive trust scoring to automate trust decisioning at touchpoints such as registration, login, review and purchase. This improves the customer experience by reducing friction for good customers while stopping bad actors.

Key features include:

  • Industry’s most comprehensive and dynamic data set: Pipl lets businesses know if a digital consumer should be trusted. The Pipl Trust data set includes more than 5 billion identities, over one trillion data connections and the broadest and deepest set of emails and mobile phone data available globally.
  • Continuous adaptive trust across the customer lifecycle: Trust and fraud indicators vary across activities. Unlike point solutions, Pipl Trust is purpose-built to examine key attributes associated with account opening, login, account changes, purchase and other customer touchpoints to leverage the right data and AI models at the right time to streamline risk assessments across the decision cycle.
  • Ease of implementation: Customers can quickly add an invisible, frictionless trust evaluation to every web page or app screen and define their risk tolerance for automated approval or decline for the most common consumer interactions.
  • Automation for faster decisioning: Pipl Trust leverages AI with machine learning to provide a simple score that significantly reduces the need for data and signals orchestration from multiple vendors.
Idemia sued for human rights failings with digital ID

Idemia sued for human rights failings with digital ID

Identity trust and biometrics provider, IDEMIA, stands accused of substantial failings in connection to its technology being used as part of Kenya’s national digital ID programme. Data Rights and members of non-governmental organisations have brought a legal case against the company after a series of legal action taken against Kenya’s National Integrated Identity Management System which is supposed to collect citizens’ data to protect Government security.

Despite some success, recently integrating Morocco’s eID card with the latest security features, controversy has emerged surrounding biometric data kits that IDEMIA supplied to the Kenyan Government in 2018/19 for its national digital ID programme.

Kenya’s National Integrated Identity Management System, or NIIMS, has come under fire being accused of excluding minorities from being enrolled onto the national identity database and having their data stored. Several organisations including Data Right, The Nubian Rights Forum and Kenya Human Rights Commission are seeking to hold NIIMS accountable for the unacceptable breach of citizens’ human rights, meaning that due to a lack of identity records, some people cannot access public services.

In 2019, the National Assembly of Kenya voted in favour of suspending IDEMIA’s operation for 10 years due to not having the sufficient registration. The ban was overturned in 2020 however IDEMIA now seems to have become entangled in the Government’s controversial and controlled Identity Management System. The database is also considered to be used other ulterior purposes such as surveillance.

Lori Roussey at Data Rights commented: “Any new bio-metric technology and personal data processing solution can be misused. Companies must pay particular attention to whom they sell their services to”.

IDEMIA failed to carry out proper due diligence checks to mitigate any risks of being tied to another company that had broken human rights laws, as required under the French Due Vigilance Law.

Mühlbauer: Returning Title Sponsor at IDW Europe 2023

Mühlbauer: Returning Title Sponsor at IDW Europe 2023

We are delighted to share not one, but two BIG announcements with our identity community ahead of Identity Week Europe 2023.!

The conference is expanding as demand grows, moving to a bigger, more comprehensive venue where new and familiar stakeholders will be inspired to come together and develop crucial partnerships to elevate the identity industry.

The conference is set to make a bigger return in Amsterdam on 13 and 14 June with industry heavy-weight, Mühlbauer, returning as our Title Sponsor!

The show will preserve the likeness of strong connections made at Identity Week Europe in London, while upscale in every way to facilitate more keynote and news-worthy announcements, plus house a greater exhibition with solutions from across the spectrum. We will be able to accommodate 5,000 attendees at the centre meeting point of Europe.

We look forward to more in-depth insights from our speakers, collaborative round-tables, and one-to-one, enquiring interviews like the one above, between Matthias Köhler, Vice President at Mühlbauer and our editor, Evie Kim Sing, to dig deep into emerging trends across identity.

It is wonderful to have the support of Mühlbauer behind Identity Week Europe 2023, as we continually strive to enable the industry to meet, and be a vehicle for making irrepressible connections and driving solution-to-adoption trends.

During this interview, Mühlbauer’s Vice President, Matthias Köhler, expresses his optimism that the identity ecosystem can fully embrace digital transformation to optimise physical security documents to deploying digital ID. His presentation prior focused on the delivery of digital travel credentials – meaning the digitalisation of identity in travel services.

“We believe very strongly that the move from physical documents to digitalised documents is the future!”, he said, explaining further that within 3 to 4 years, people will most likely become the token or credential of security although on an international level we can still expect that physical identity will co-exist for some time. On the road to digitalisation, Matthias Köhler makes a more subtle point of stressing the importance of constantly evaluating trends and transformation which may not eliminate physical trust documents totally.

Report suggests making financial ID more accessible for displaced people

Report suggests making financial ID more accessible for displaced people

With the rapid adoption of digital identity almost everywhere in the western world, a stark comparison can be drawn to vast regions of African and Asia where Governments have not achieved any form of identity for their citizens.

Pakistan is the latest country reported to be behind the new digital age where citizens have been excluded from accessing public services and even having a financial presence due to lacking any form of official ID.

The report makes a series of recommended changes to integrate forcibly displaced persons back into society with a bank account and financial record.

Only half of 2.8 million Afghan refugees living in Pakistan are registered under the Government’s database, while further studies suggest other minorities including women are outcasted from having a digital ID. In this country, women-only centres have been set up “to overcome the socio-cultural barriers of women hesitating to deal with male staff”.

The countries concerned in the report include Rwanda, Mauritania, and Eswatini which face similar obstacles in obtaining digital IDs for citizens. According to the report, these countries lack of officially recognised identification documents with only a restrictive number of registration centres where financial services and identification can be accessed.

The study offers insights into opportunities but also challenges associated with increasingly widespread adoption of digital ID.

The government of Eswatini has made significant strides in allowing refugees and asylum-seekers into the country to be registered through its Refugees Department, which is mandatory under the Refugees Act 2017.

These individuals can request protection from an authorized government officer by way of an application prior to or upon entry.

The UNHCR provides support to the Government of Mauritania with ID cards for its refugees and displaced people.

Rwanda has welcomed the United Nations Development Assistance Plan, which is attuned to the country’s proposed direction for transforming the economy and boosting transformation within Government and society. However, the country has already driven the majority of its own transformation for FDPs owing to supportive financial institutions such as Equity Bank. Eligible refugees for the UNHCR and WFP schemes are given access to have their own bank accounts linked with a Mastercard debit card provided to each household.

Some of the recommendations in the report call for transparent collaboration with government agencies and departments, review of regulation on FDP inclusion, sectorial risk assessments and better financial infrastructure.

iProov joins GDS Digital Identity Programme

iProov joins GDS Digital Identity Programme

The Government Digital Service, which builds digital platforms and products for government services while guiding private sector policy, has enrolled two identity enterprises to support the development of a mobile verification app to authorise access to Government services.

As well as governing the private sector on digital security policies such as Right to Rent and Right to Work, the Government protects a number of its own public services concerning access to the benefits system and tax payments, with robust identity applications. Holding large databases of citizen data also requires secure data protection and the most intelligent identity-verifying technology on the market.

One technology provider that has signed the contract as part of the Digital Identities Programme is iProov, who will have a stand as a Platinum Sponsor at Identity Week Asia and Identity Week America, in September and October, respectively. iProov creates digital trust by securely authenticating remote users with face biometric verification.

iProov is a world leader specialising in anti-spoofing technology, which is supported by 21 granted patents. Their consumers include big identity players, such as The US Department of Homeland Security, the UK Home Office, GovTech Singapore, ING and Rabobank who will also be contributing to a jam-packed agenda in Washington D.C.

Together, iProov is helping to develop a mobile app with capabilities to verify identities for access to Government services.

iProov’s contract is to deliver a biometrics service worth up to £5.9 million.

In February, Deloitte, Identity Week Asia Diamond Sponsor, Deloitte signed a £4.8 million contract to provide professional consulting services in development of the new app.

In 2021, Autumn budget documents revealed the GDS had secured up to £400 million in a funding round to develop a new digital identity ecosystem with one secure login feature over the next three years.

The GDA Advisory Board also contributes to broader public sector digital transformation, offering enterprises support and funding to deliver digital services, launching a technology platform or transformation project.

The Government sub-body is responsible for creating the Government Design Principles, Service Standard and Technology Code of Practice.

Daon integrates with Ping Identity no-code orchestration service

Daon integrates with Ping Identity no-code orchestration service

A leading provider of single platform digital onboarding and cross-channel authentication, Daon has announced it has joined forces with Ping Identity, integrating with PingOne DaVinci. Both solutions providers will be exhibiting as Gold Sponsors at the upcoming Identity Week Asia conference on 6-7 September in Singapore.

The PingOne DaVinci no-code identity orchestration service is differentiated from other solutions by delivering an open approach, meaning regardless of how many vendors are used, DaVinci is capable of supporting a company’s entire tech stack. It is interoperable with popular enterprise applications harnessing hundreds of advanced integrations. Ping Identity states the technology wastes minimal time while delivering maximum user value with an easy to deploy cloud solution that only requires one API response.

With DaVinci’s simple drag-and-drop interface, any company can craft optimised user digital journeys across applications and ecosystems. It meets business logic without the help of developers. Dion have now become the newest technology provider to develop integrations with PingOne DaVinci for no-code user journeys, enabling enterprises to focus on other areas of build, such as security, personalisation and enhancing seamlessness. The partnership was forged through the Ping Identity Global Technology Partner Program.

Daon specialises in developing high-grade future mobile biometric authentication technology across fingerprint, voice and facial domains.

“Our goal at Daon is to provide the best and most secure authentication technology and services to global customers, either directly or through a trusted partner like Ping Identity,” says Ralph Rodriguez, President and Chief Product Officer at Daon.

“PingOne DaVinci customers will benefit from using Daon’s technology for secure and reliable biometric-based multi-factor authentication.”

Loren Russon, SVP of Product Management at Ping Identity commented: “Ping Identity is committed to expanding our technology partner ecosystem to deliver better, more frictionless customer experiences”.

“Our partnership with Daon leverages PingOne DaVinci’s seamless orchestration to ensure dynamic user journeys are delivered quickly and efficiently at every stage of the user journey”.

Daon’s connector for PingOne DaVinci allows customers access to Daon IdentityX for multi-factor authentication. Users opt to authenticate via a mobile device using facial or voice biometrics to provide secure access.

Pakistan citizens excluded from having digital IDs

Pakistan citizens excluded from having digital IDs

Many people in Pakistan still lack a digital ID to access basic public sectors and make payments. The revelation is perhaps not so surprising against damning statistics published by The World Bank that nearly a billion people worldwide do not have a digital identity, allowing them to access services and function properly in society.

As well as pain-staking progress with rolling out digital ID documents, the Government is behind other countries in digitally transforming its identity and security systems as critics cite common database breaches and privacy violations withholding trust.

The Pakistan Government faces an uphill struggle to integrate marginalised citizens including migrants and trans-citizens into society who have been previously excluded from digital advancements. Despite this, the NADRA maintains it has issued over 120 million Computerised National Identity Cards to 96% of adults among the population.

Frontex launches biometric comparison tools survey

Frontex launches biometric comparison tools survey

The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) is launching a survey to map biometric comparison tools on the market, used in  manual processes to compare fingerprints and facial data resulting from biometric searches.

The survey questions relate to the functionality of tools, data protection and privacy capabilities and integration with existing technology.

In the future, Frontex plans to implement effective biometric comparison technologies through a tendering process to assist the European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) community, in accordance with procurement regulation.

Frontex will monitor the developments in biometrics across automated and manual systems. European security and migration databases currently operate individually, however systems will become integrated to share data information that can strengthen the EU’s security.

The deadline for completing the survey is 31 August 2022 at 23:59 CET.

To participate in the survey, follow this link: https://lnkd.in/dF5z6m_a

CBP completes digitalisation of Global Entry kiosks

CBP completes digitalisation of Global Entry kiosks

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is completing its digital transformation to upgrade traveller experiences and step away from using physical security credentials to fully digital systems.

The CBI has already implemented Global Entry (GE) kiosks across ports of entry in two Texas regions, but it was announced yesterday that passengers traveling through Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport or Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston will receive “secure and expedited processing using CBP’s new facial biometric paperless kiosks”. The updated regulations will come into force from 26 July.

Across the aviation sector, airlines and airports are making the commitment to streamline existing digital security procedures and upgrade integrating technologies. In June, the CBP, represented by Diane Sabatino, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, attended Identity Week Europe in London to give an inspiring keynote address on the implementation of closely-matching facial biometric systems across ports of entry in the U.S, which compare a live facial image to photographs.

While the sector also manages tensions from cancellations of thousands of UK summer flights, it was reported by IdentityWeek.net earlier this month that three British air travel bosses are plotting to lead a “golden age of air travel” in three directions – boosting revenue, sustainability and digitalisation.

The proposed system will eliminate paper receipts and documents for travel at these airports, while the UK’s Home Office has also announced kiosks will be introduced.

The technology enhances CBP’s Global Entry program for both travellers and officers, upgrading the consumer experience, reducing physical touchpoints and expediting member processing while protecting global security concerns.

“We’re very pleased to have both DFW and IAH Airports come on board to enhance our Global Entry Arrival process,” said Judson W. Murdock II, CBP Director of Field Operations, Houston. “This enhancement will allow us to streamline the arrival process for Global Entry members by continuing to reduce the time in the arrivals line for thousands of eligible travellers entering the United States.”

Global Entry is a CBP program that allows efficient processing for advance on-boarded, low-risk passengers upon arrival at selected airports in the United States.