Dr Nicola Byrne, the National Data Guardian for health and adult social care in England, has spoken out about her high expectations for the planned NHS federated data platform to abide by strong privacy and security frameworks.
However, according to the Guardian, the new data platform for England, which willincorporate millions of personal medical records into one of the biggest health data platforms, is to be launched without seeking new patient consent.
NHS England issued a tender notice earlier in the year to kick-start the provision of the new patient data ecosystem, valued around £240 million. The chosen supplier should enhance the integration of systems to enable trusted data sharing within the NHS, as well as with patients.
The brief has been stated many times: to build a secure ecosystem of data technologies and enable services across the NHS in England. In August 2022, members of Digital Health were invited to participate in a Networks debate on the Federated Data Platform, along with other key healthcare figures.
Although the government has been excluded from these talks, data had a major role in reshaping medical care in the country’s fight to contain coronavirus in 2020 and 2021, when the virus was most prevalent. The NHS was the focal-point of a huge effort to share data relating to the virus with the government, public, Office of National Statistics, and within the NHS and social care ecosystem.
Nicola reiterated in her blogpost that the NHS was the backbone of the country which since it inception in 1948 has “amassed comprehensive cradle-to-grave information about tens of millions of us”. She justifies introducing this system and unlocking the power of data whilst preserving the public’s trust.
Data must be keep confidential and never treated carelessly, as its “collection is founded on our trust”, she says.
Nicola Bryne said: “The value of our data will only be realised if it can be organised in such a way that the NHS is able to use it well to improve treatments, services and ultimately our health and care” however follows her comments with a reminder that making data insecurely accessible to the public would be damaging to public trust.
The importance of introducing a federated system is to “provide real-time, reliable insights to those making decisions about how care is planned and delivered”, offering quicker diagnoses for patients over a secure digital network and sharing data with other healthcare professionals.
She explained her version:
“Improving timely, meaningful access to high-quality data, visualised in a way that supports more informed decision-making by those empowered to use it, is key to improving health and care access, outcomes, and experience for all”.
She warns of the common failings of previous initiatives. Nicola elaborated on the work of her team and advisory board that continue to ensure the system mitigates privacy concerns, in accordance with the NHS’ core values. She has called for the NHS England to listen to patients’ and professionals’ views in a research group to determine what next steps should be made, and then adapt plans.
She writes: “I have advised that the programme must be transparent and always strive to provide clear, easy-to-understand explanations of the platform, what data it will use, how it will use it, the benefits of the programme, and, just as importantly, the risks”.
In a shock move, the contract may be awarded to American firm, Palantir, whose Chairman is a supporter of Donald Trump. The company is also accused of working with border forces, spies and police. The contract could be signed off by Heath Secretary, Steve Barclay in the coming weeks, however the NHS refutes this. The NHS says that companies can continue to express interest in January ,with the tender expected to begin in summer 2023.
TECH5, a leading innovator in the field of biometrics and digital identity management, today announced the integration of their T5-Digital ID with IDVoice®, the AI-based speaker recognition product from ID R&D. With the addition of IDVoice, T5-Digital ID now includes three market-leading NIST-ranked biometric modalities: face, fingerprint, and voice. The combination enables tri-modal biometric capture and liveness detection, digital ID issuance, and mobile authentication in support of use cases that demand the highest levels of flexibility and security.
T5-Digital ID performs contactless capture of all three biometrics using a mobile device and stores them in a T5-Cryptograph—a digital container for high-density storage of encrypted identity data that can be printed or digitally displayed and then scanned with a mobile device, and decrypted to biometrically verify the identity of the user. The innovative technology combination paves the way for a variety of use cases that demand offline biometric verification.
IDVoice was chosen for its powerful feature set as well as its superior accuracy, as demonstrated in several recent algorithm challenges. It ranked first in the Short Duration Speaker Verification Challenge (SdSV),i which specifically tests performance in the microphone channel. It also demonstrated strong performance in the telephone channel in the NIST Speaker Recognition Evaluation. IDVoice offers many useful features including language independence, advanced voice activity detection for improved speech processing, and speaker diarization for isolation of a specific speaker’s audio stream.
Rahul Parthe, Co-founder, CTO, and Chairman of TECH5 said: “We are delighted to announce the enhanced accuracy and flexibility of multi-modal T5-Digital ID, with features for voice contactless capture, mobile verification, and authentication enabled by ID R&D’s top-ranked voice biometrics and liveness detection, in combination with contactless capture technologies of TECH5″.
“Speaker recognition enables T5-Digital ID to support many new use cases, such as strengthened biometric verification of a customer for high-value transactions, or as an alternative authentication method when facial recognition is not feasible. Our strategic partnership with ID R&D is driving the development of unique technology solutions that allow mobile phones to serve as trusted tools for highly secure biometrics-based verification.”
By partnering with TECH5, ID R&D can further expand its presence in regions where TECH5 has already acquired a deep understanding of local markets and their specific needs. The companies expect to collaborate initially in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, where together they will offer flexible and robust solutions to new use cases in strong demand.
Alexey Khitrov, CEO and Co-Founder of ID R&D added: “We are proud to have such a strong business relationship with TECH5, and eager to jointly pursue opportunities for their ground-breaking solution”.
“As speech becomes an increasingly popular interface, voice biometrics are playing a bigger role in helping secure identity while maximising convenience and choices for users, and so we’re very pleased to contribute our expertise and technology towards realising this shared vision.”
TECH5 also plans to integrate IDVoice with its T5-ABIS identification platform, which currently leverages face, fingerprint, and iris recognition for national-level large-scale ID projects. “We see emerging opportunities for voice recognition technologies around the world. The integration of T5-ABIS with IDVoice will result in a uniquely powerful platform for foundational ID projects,” commented Mr. Parthe.
AuthenticID announced a new integration with Ping Identity, the intelligent identity solution for the enterprise, leveraging PingOne DaVinci, a no-code identity orchestration service. The partnership will allow users of DaVinci to integrate AuthenticID’s identity-proofing solution to verify government-issued IDs with 99%+ accuracy and match a selfie image to the ID for more enhanced biometric authentication.
AuthenticID joins a growing network of technology partners developing integrations with DaVinci through the Ping Identity Global Technology Partner Program. Partner solutions that integrate with DaVinci deliver an improved customer experience in a fraction of the time, through easy drag-and-drop design of digital user journeys across multiple applications and ecosystems.
AuthenticID’s Identity Proofing and Fraud Prevention solution is driven by patented AI and machine learning technology that includes over 2,000 unique computer vision data models that can automatically validate an ID document – in seconds.
Bill Hurtado, VP of Channel Partnerships at AuthenticID said: “The fraud landscape is changing rapidly and becoming more complex and it is our goal to help clients not only mitigate that fraud but provide friction-free experiences when onboarding and authenticating customers”.
“We are delighted to become an integration partner with Ping Identity and together, provide trusted identity management solutions for clients worldwide.”
“Ping Identity is committed to expanding our technology partner ecosystem to deliver better, more frictionless customer experiences,” said Loren Russon, the SVP of product management at Ping Identity. “Our partnership with AuthenticID leverages DaVinci’s seamless orchestration to ensure dynamic user journeys are delivered quickly and efficiently at every stage of the user journey.”
Customs and Border Protection is no longer issuing entry stamps on passports for foreign travellers entering the U.S., in an effort to further facilitate “borderless”, streamlined travel. The policy will be implemented at other ports of entry across the U.S.
Previously passport stamps have been utilised to manage border entry into the U.S. as well as mandatory document checks, such as visa, and the I-94 system.
Once this process was digitalised to electronic versions of 1-94, the stamp was the only physical security feature used in the traveller entry process. The physical ID process will be fully changed to provide passengers with an electronic 1-94.
The stamp has advantages to pinpoint the exact time of a traveller’s arrival in the U.S, the port of entry they used, class of entry and permitted length of stay.
While the CBP plans a complete transition to the use of the electronic 1-94, which will see the demise of stamps, currently the law states that genuine foreign passports affixed with the entry stamp are valid to be used as proof of identity and employment status. The entry passport stamp has duel value for federal and state agencies too tin determining what benefits foreign employees are entitled to, not only as a proof of identification.
Each year we gather a stellar line-up of identity thought leaders, many with decades of experience in the industry, to pave the future for faster and more seamless identity services.
Our sessions, including panels, keynotes, roundtables and presentations, are designed to share road-tested insights, ideas and expertise. So we’re thrilled to announce the first 50 names taking to the iconic stages at Identity Week Europe 2023.
In a brand-new bigger venue, we will be welcoming over 3,000 attendees. Celebrate our move to Amsterdam now with 60% off tickets, and as ever, we offer free access for government and public sector individuals, plus for the first time, finance and banking professionals can too!
Build those essential business relationships face-to-face and eliminate email exhaustion as Identity Week is the number #1 event for premium networking experiences that lead to fruitful partnerships and use studies across Europe.
250 strong, the Identity Week Europe exhibition is our global flagship showcase of cutting-edge tech solutions to authenticating human identity. Whether via a secure credential, biometric, or online/digital identity solution.
Exclusive to premium ticket holders, access in-depth roundtables and engage in dynamic, intimate discussions led by some of the brightest minds in identity.
Following the huge success of our start-up village in 2022, we’re upgrading to a start-up city complete with 100 innovative start-ups working in the identity space. Meet the teams behind the future of identity.
Lastly, at the end of Day 1, our expo floor transforms into a swish hosting space to hold the networking party to end all other networking parties! Enjoy live entertainment, drinks – here’s another chance to make great connections!
Join the event to hear these speakers and many more on 13-14 June 2023 at the RAI Exhibition Centre.
Alison McDowell, Co-founder and Director, Beruku Identity
Andreas Wolf, Principal Scientist Biometrics, Bundesdruckerei GmbH
Arif Mamedov. President and CEO, Regula Forensics Inc.
In collaboration with theGeneral Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA), Emirates airline is now offering international travellers the opportunity to speed up their airport experience by consenting to the use of biometric data.
The agreement was signed by His Excellency Lieutenant General Mohamed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General of GDRFA in Dubai, and Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer, in the presence of several senior officials from both sides.
The first agreement of its kind globally, the strategic partnership between GDRFA and Emirates is a cooperative effort to further improve the innovative and digitally focused travel experience of Dubai visitors. The agreement improves passenger traffic procedures inside Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 and ensures a faster and more efficient airport experience for travellers transferring to connecting flights, as well as those who arrive in Dubai as their final destination.
Commenting on how the agreement will develop best-in-class services for travellers, His Excellency Lieutenant-General Mohammed Al-Marri said: “Dubai is one of the world’s most aspirational destinations, and 2022 has already seen more than 8 million tourists arrive to the city. We continue to support our key partners with best-in-class services as we strive for excellence, and innovation in positioning Dubai as the world’s leading business hub and tourism destination”.
Highlighting the importance and value of this agreement, Adel Al Redha said: “Emirates continually invests to improve customer experience and we thank the GDFRA for extending the bridges of cooperation, communication and coordination to add value to Emirates’ services and allow our international passengers to Fly Better.”
By using biometric recognition technologies and the GDRFA pre-populated biometric database to identify travellers at multiple points in the airport, travellers will be able to breeze through Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 Check-In, Lounges, Boarding and Immigration at high-speed as the AI systems recognise their unique facial features and will link to their passport for instant identity verification. A privilege previously only enjoyed by UAE residents and GCC nationals, international passengers will be able to avail of the service in 2023 by providing official consent in a couple of clicks through the Emirates app, at Emirates self check-in kiosks, or in person at Emirates check-in desks.
Italy’s Data Protection Agency issued a blanket ban on all uses of facial recognition on Monday, but exempting its use to manage crime and prosecute or exonerate suspects.
Facial biometrics will not be permitted until a new law is passed or at the earliest, the end of 2023 or early 2024.
The statement read:
“The moratorium stems from the need to regulate eligibility requirements, conditions, and guarantees relating to facial recognition, in compliance with the principle of proportionality”, However, the action of the Data Protection Agency shows a clear oversight of invasive policing practices which use facial recognition.
The ban though only impacts private sector use. The European Union, is currently in the process of passing the AI Act which would enforce legal frameworks for artificial intelligence (AI) across all public and private uses. In particular, the EU has an aversion to practices like mass surveilling crowds and conducting real-time stop searches, which is known to have a link to oppressive policing and bias towards marginalised groups.
Under Italian law, the processing of personal data by public bodies using recognition devices is allowed for reasons of public interest. Two municipality were caught using the technology which prompted the ban, in the southern Italian city of Lecce. In 2021, a temporary ban was approved stopping private entities from using systems in public places.
Italy supports the Reclaim Your Face coalition, which has called for a European-wide ban on this type of technology.
The UK’s number #1 trusted airline, British Airways has begun a pilot trial of facial biometric systems, making physical passports a secondary ID requirement.
Physical documents are expected to continue being used in years to come as proof of identity, while coinciding with advancing digital ID technologies. So, naturally, passengers will still have to carry around their passport and be prepared to show it on request when they reach their destination airport.
More people are experiencing a faster, more efficient security process through the airport which utilises biometrics, the most common modality being face recognition.
The adoption of biometrics provides an alternative way to confirm identity, which favours more the customer experience.
The trial will affect international flights and eliminate the need to use a passport when being processed through security controls. Customers who volunteered to sign up to the pilot trial, based at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5, will be required to submit their biometric and biographic data in advance of travel.
Participants have been invited to scan their face, passport or boarding pass on a smart phone or tablet, which will stored in a pre-held gallery. The airport is fitted with Smart Bio-Pod cameras which can automatically scan and match a live image of the passenger with the pre-held data.
Selected customers have been invited by BA to take part in the pilot trial, travelling from London Heathrow Terminal 5. They will receive an email three days ahead of their flight.
David Breeze, Operations Transformation Manager at British Airways, explained: “Not only is this the first time that our customers have been able to register their biometric information at home, but it’s the first time they can use it for British Airways’ international flights. This is a secure and efficient tool that makes for a smarter and smoother airport experience, which will reduce the time it takes us to board aircraft”.
“The beauty of this technology is that it also frees our people up to look after more complex customer enquiries and deliver the best possible customer service”. The trial is ongoing for 6 months, after which biometric systems could be rolled out for international flights.
Flights to Malaga, Spain are currently affected by the trial. According to the website, BA customers partaking in the trial can register their data at various touchpoints at Check-In Zone B.
The trial follows the introduction of automated biometrics on British Airways’ domestic flights in 2017.
One failing of biometric technology can be attributed to algorithm bias, which can commonly occur due to the immaturity of technologies. This can cause varying match results across different demographic groups.
Whilst the infancy of biometric technologies is one explanation for false match rates, it nonetheless raises some ethical concerns around racial unfairness.
The Racial Justice Network (RJN) is an anti-racism charity that seeks to eliminate all forms of racism in treatment towards black people, and even in technologies that could be interpreted as favouring certain demographics. While biometrics is designed to streamline the user experience, bias in biometric technology has the potential to be a vehicle for discrimination and places both physical and metaphorical barriers in the way of black people.
A specific report on bias in biometric technology tackles the common use of facial recognition in routine policing practices, which raises concerns over privacy and the use of invasive technologies.. It also feeds into an uncomfortable truth about the relationship between the black community and the police, which has long been accused of unfairly treating black people in relation to crimes.
The freedom of the police to use biometric technology at will in investigations exacerbates the “worrying racial disparities we already see in policing”. The reports calls to abolish unacceptable norms in policing to stop and search black people, who may be forced to provide a photograph which is used to find matches on the policing database.
The Facial Recognition (OIFR) App should be used in circumstances when someone cannot confirm their identity because they are deceased or have mental health, age or medical barriers. It is also permitted if the subject refuses requests to provide or provides false information about their identity.
In a study to assess racial and sexist bias in FRT algorithms, the report cities the National Institute of Standards and Technology “analysed 189 facial recognition algorithms submitted by 99 developers” which found that the majority were substantially less likely to correctly identify a Black woman than a member of any other demographic.
The findings of Big Brother Watch (2022) revealed that over 3,000 people were falsely identified by police biometrics, which was 87% inaccurate (2016-2022).
The Racial Justice Network uncovered that South Wales Police was the only police force in England and Wales to pilot use of the facial recognition mobile app (Operation Initiated Facial Recognition) in policing procedures, and worryingly, black people are 4 times more likely to be stopped and scanned than a white person.
(Loyola-Hernández, L., Coleman, C., Wangari-Jones, P. and Carey, J. (2022) #HandsOffOurBiodata: Mobilising against police use of biometric fingerprint and facial recognition technology, the Racial Justice Network and Yorkshire Resists, UK.)
Global Identity technologies leader IDEMIA once again is the proven leader offering the most accurate algorithms on both fingerprint and palm datasets in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)’s latest Evaluation of Latent Fingerprint Technologies.
Jean-Christophe Fondeur, IDEMIA Chief Technical Officer said: “The impressive level of performance demonstrated in this benchmark is a game changer for forensic investigation. This technology makes it easier for investigators and law enforcement to solve more crimes much faster. This is in line with our long-standing and ongoing 40-plus-year pledge to provide law enforcement agencies with the very best systems on the market. All around the world, they can draw on the most accurate algorithms to carry out latent feature searches, work more efficiently in their identification tasks and make the world safer”.
NIST ELFT is the new reference benchmark for latent fingerprint accuracy, greatly enhancing the previous ELFT-EFS benchmark. The ELFT benchmark includes both fingerprint and palm print accuracy, testing and assessing accuracy with image only or with additional features positioned by experienced human fingerprint examiners, such as minutiae.
While crime scene latent fingerprint features are the most challenging as they are often incomplete or poor quality, IDEMIA achieves the most accurate matching algorithms for both fingerprint and palm datasets with accuracy 7% to 60% higher than rival algorithms. This cements IDEMIA as the leader in fingerprint technology, while amplifying its fingerprint recognition expertise, even for the hardest fingerprints, and its world-class fingerprint technology research.
IDEMIA is truly committed to the highest level of technology to provide fast, accurate, and fair solutions. These ELFT results come on the heels of other high-ranking NIST benchmarks already achieved this year, further demonstrating IDEMIA’s technology leadership. The following awards speak to IDEMIA’s innovation and best-in-class solutions in security and public safety.
FACE: #1 in Fairness the latest NIST Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT).
FACE: #3 in the latest NIST FRVT 1:N global leaderboard.
FACE acquisition: #1 in the US Department of Homeland Security annual’s biometric technologies rally.
FINGERPRINT: #1 in mFIT Challenge in June 2022.
IRIS: #2 in the latest IREX 10 benchmark, for Single-eye Accuracy.
FINGERPRINT: #1 on all data sets in the latest PFT III benchmark (Proprietary Fingerprint Template) for our AFIS-class algorithms.
IDEMIA is proud to be the leader across all biometric technologies and to integrate these top technologies into its products and solutions.
Fingerprint and iris matching algorithms of TECH5, an innovator in the field of biometrics and digital identity management, are the fastest in the world, according to the NIST PFT III and NIST IREX 10 evaluations. NIST Proprietary Fingerprint Template (PFT) III is a fingerprint technology evaluation exploring the performance and accuracy of proprietary fingerprint templates used in Civil ID and border control ABIS (Automated Biometric Identification Systems). The new fingerprint matching algorithm, submitted by TECH5 to NIST PFT III for the first time, and rated as the fastest matching as well as one of the most accurate in the world, is based on a combination of AI (Artificial Intelligence)/Machine Learning and proven traditional approaches.
This combination allows for higher matching speed and improved accuracy of the technology, which results in a reduced server hardware footprint and a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) for the entity deploying the TECH5 solution. The TECH5 fingerprint algorithm is 400% faster than the next-fastest algorithm in the report, has a 66% lower error rate, and requires only 50% of the memory resources due to the smaller template size. The NIST IREX 10: Identification Track assesses iris recognition performance for identification (one-to-many) applications. Most flagship deployments of iris recognition operate in identification mode, providing services ranging from border security, expedited processing, and distribution of resources. The iris matching algorithm of TECH5, again the first submission of a combination of AI and traditional approaches, showed the highest matching speed among all vendors participating in the evaluation. The company plans to submit an enhanced algorithm within 2022 which will have even higher accuracy and speeds.
“We are constantly investing in AI-based approaches in research for all three key biometric modalities under TECH5’s umbrella – face, fingerprint, and iris – and recent results are clearly showing the benefits. The results from the first submission of our fingerprint matching algorithm to NIST PFT III evaluation is proving our claim of AI/NN playing a pivotal role in all biometric modalities to make them robust. We have ambitious plans to solidify our leading positions for all three technologies. We are convinced that this is just the beginning, and we will continue improving the algorithms powering our matching platforms with top speed and accuracy,” says Rahul Parthe, Co-founder, Chairman, and CTO of TECH5.
The biometric technologies mentioned are used in TECH5’s ABIS platform for National ID-scale projects, ensuring inclusion across the globe, and are already available for certified partners of the company as part of the flagship identification and verification offerings. These results also align with Rahul Parthe’s claims on ID4Africa when asked by Dr. Joseph Atick about contactless capture becoming effective in large-scale programs. These AI-based approaches for fingerprint matching will meet and exceed the needs.
The provision of digital ID cards and driving licenses is seeming a likely prospect in Colorado. The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles announced an integration of existing ID cards with the Apple wallet.
The state’s adoption of digital identity will enable alternative ways to confirm your identity both with physical card options and the wallet, which can store payments cards, driving licenses, and other identity documents on a mobile device.
With a simple tap, citizens can use Colorado ID on their iPhone or Apple Watch at selected Transportation Security Administration (TSA) PreCheck® security checkpoints, which are being implemented in key ports of entry including Denver International Airport (DEN).
Mark Ferrandino, Executive Director at Colorado Department of Revenue explained the benefits and expressed commitment to “saving people time, enhancing convenience and security, and expanding accessibility for all Coloradans”. While promoting digital innovations in travel, he also concurred with many in the identity industry that physical ID documents would continue to coincide with digital forms of ID.
Coloradans must already have an ID card or driving licence to upload to the Apple wallet, in a sign that the wallet is not yet advanced and ready to replace all physical ID.
Electra Bustle, Senior Director of DMV added: “Colorado is always looking for services that provide our residents security, privacy and ease of use. As we partner with the Transportation Security Administration to offer Colorado ID in Wallet to traveling Coloradans, we are thrilled to offer this new service to make their travel experience more seamless and convenient”.
Countries that have adopted the ID wallet across the U.S. range from Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa to Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah. Information is securely encrypted on the digital wallet and stored in the Secure Element, the same technology used in Apple Pay.
The implementation of biometrics is due to start at Bahrain International Airport, the latest in a succession of airports worldwide to onboard faster and more secure passenger experiences.
The programme is set to get underway after leading IT provider, SITA, was awarded the contract and signed an agreement with the Bahrain Airport Company to introduce new systems at BIA.
The airport’s travel innovation efforts centre around enabling passengers to use their faces as boarding passes to eliminate cumbersome security document procedures and upgrade biometric entry-exit efforts.
The partnership was confirmed during the second day of the Bahrain International Airshow 2022 with BAC Chief Executive Officer, Mohamed Yousif AlBinfalah.
Celebrating the announcement, BAC CEO Mohamed AlBinfalah said: “BIA is the most technologically advanced, efficient, and sustainable boutique airport in the Middle East. Its state-of-the-art ICT systems and infrastructure are designed to enhance efficiency, improve security, and meet passengers’ growing expectations for a more seamless airport experience. Introducing this new biometric solution will further enhance the passenger experience, enabling travellers to pass through checkpoints faster and with less staff involvement, while ensuring every passenger who boards is who they say they are, with no room for human error”.
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner (CBP), Chris Magnus has stepped down from the role.
The new was announced by the White House on Saturday evening, which will take effect immediately. It has been reported that Chris Magnus was asked to resign or fired following alleged disagreements over his management of immigration at overwhelmed border points across the U.S.
Tackling high numbers of migrants crossing the border is also a high priority for the UK, which has levelled ethical, practical and security concerns towards the government. In conjunction, the government’s action to send asylum seekers to Rwanda has proved a controversial strategy.
In the past few years, the number of changes in the healthcare system has been acute, from health ministers, a funding crisis, to the Cost-of-Living and five-year forward views.
On 14 November, digital health professionals from the NHS Trust and Imprivata participated in an online webinar to address how the NHS is trying to streamline and enable a more efficient NHS healthcare system and how digital systems could help manage increasingly difficult challenges and demand which is burdening the NHS breaking point.
In years prior and in 2022, the crises facing the NHS have included a carousel of prime ministers, a lack of funding and workforce, the cost of living and a new Health Act, culminating in a dysfunctional system for patients accessing medical records and treatment and raises security concerns over the handling of personal data.
Introduced on 1 July 2022, 42 Integrated Care Systems were formally established across England under the Health and Care Act 2022 to improve coordinated and connected healthcare across the NHS.
Andy Wilcox, Senior Solutions Marketing & Enablement Manager, at Imprivata opened the discussion, saying: “It feels like (ICS’ and ICU’s) will be very beneficial in the future, but right in the short term it’s obviously been very disruptive”.
Digital identity fits into the strategy for substantially enhancing for the efficiency of everyday NHS systems and operations to deliver fast access to medical information, improve security and ensure compliance.
The discussion breaks down what any healthcare professionals means by access, enabling all clinicians, other professionals in the organisation and patients can have access to medical information in a secure end-to-end system.
Systems which used to be used by individual hospitals have slowly moved to national systems and now several hospital may or may not be sharing information using different login portals in the ICP modal.
The evolution of healthcare delivery aims to facilitate multi-agency partnerships spanning the NHS, local and national government and social enterprises and reimagine how we can achieve an open communication channel between patients and clinicians, without compromising security and data privacy. As different agencies and organisations need access to the same patient informations, it is essential that security and privacy frameworks are adhered to.
The webinar preempts the HLTH conference, which will give digital health providers a forum this week to explore growth in compliant digital healthcare systems were consumer-facing technologies and digital health companies are thriving.
A recent report from Accenture and AdvaMed found that the medical technology industry is being shaped by digital health and customers’ expectations around secure data access and digital identity management.
Tim Durst, Managing Director at Accenture said: “Healthcare is at a crossroads, facing unprecedented pressure and disruption — including affordability challenges, shifting patient expectations, and an increasing deluge of health data”.
The world’s population has now reached the landmark figure of eight billion people, according to the United Nations. However, one billion people still have no legal identity and are thus excluded from social participation and the opportunities of the modern world. With this having serious implications for those individuals, Veridos is committed to supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of giving all people a legal identity by 2030.
The world population has reached a milestone. As the UN announced, there are now eight billion people living on our planet. On this occasion, Veridos, a leading global provider of integrated identity solutions, points out that, according to World Bank estimates, around one billion people do not yet have a legal identity. About 237 million children under the age of five do not have a birth certificate.
“A legal identity is the prerequisite for modern life in a connected world. Only a legal identity enables to uphold fundamental rights and participate in social, political and financial life,” explains Marc-Julian Siewert, CEO at Veridos. “We firmly believe that a legal identity is a human right. That’s why we are striving to develop both secure and innovative identity technologies that enable governments to guarantee this right to their citizens.”
Official identity documents, such as passports and birth certificates, do not only establish a sense of belonging for individuals, but they also guarantee them access to social benefits and services such as healthcare, education, humanitarian aid and financial support. They also enable them to exercise fundamental rights such as the right to vote or inherit.
Internationally recognized documents enable people to travel across borders for business and tourism. But they also allow them to receive medical care abroad or pursue specialised or technical education in foreign countries. Finally, identities give citizens secure access to important services for economic growth, such as setting up a bank account.
States and provinces also benefit from proof of identity, as it contributes to dynamic economic development. For example, the registration of all citizens of a country ensures tax revenue and distribution of state support measures. If all people have access to economic participation and education, states can tap the full economic and innovative potential of the population for the benefit of society as a whole.
For these reasons, Veridos supports the UN Sustainable Development Goal 16.9, which calls on all countries to provide all citizens with a legal identity by 2030. Veridos is a member of the United Nations Global Compact, a worldwide pact between the UN and companies for the social and ecological shaping of globalisation.
“There have never been that many people living on our planet as today. Therefore it is important to guarantee everyone the chance to participate in all aspects of life from a young age and have access to economic and social opportunities,” Siewert emphasises. “At Veridos, we are committed to this goal. We are convinced that developing new technologies for the ID sector and supporting a constant global exchange of knowledge on this essential topic, will contribute to make the United Nations’ vision a reality.”
Photo: Marc-Julian Siewert, CEO at Veridos (Source: Veridos)
With 2022 nearly drawing to a close, excitement is gradually building for the launch of the EU’s digital ID wallet expected in 2024, which will enable EU citizens to store crucial digital identity credentials on their mobile device, including their national ID, driving license, payment cards, and more.
The wallet will be recognised by different countries belonging to the European Union, once regulation and legal frameworks have been passed next spring. Until the end of the year, member states, governments and private sector stakeholders will focus on competing the technical and regulatory standards before pilot testing can begin and further informal talks between the European Commission, Parliament and Council of the European Union can take place. If the timeframe for the wallet remains on track, it will be signed off and approved in 2024.
Citizen and consumer expectations for the e-wallet
The Secure Identity Alliance released a paper “On the Road to User-Centricity: Digital Identity in the Electronic Wallet Era” which sets the benchmarks which the wallet needs to meet. Citing the uptake in demand for digital identity wallets, the paper says the government and commercial organisations need to underpin their offering with high-quality infrastructures, data models, and standards to deliver a functional digital ID, leveraging the data management practices of the Cloud.
Integration of digital identities with the digital wallet must also be considered carefully for the overall cross-border user experience, as interoperability is setting a precedent for digital identity in both public and private identity schemes. Out of the 27 countries that make up the European Union, currently 14 have independent national ID system that will converge into one digital wallet as of 2024.
Global security intelligence, recognisability, functionality, and a personalised and streamlined trust service are all must-haves of the digital wallet to confirm identity, KYC and transact secure payments.
The challenges of the EU’s digital ID wallet
For the 450 million citizens in the European Union, the introduction of the digital wallet must simplify users accessing public services, communications with the private sector, and be proof of identity in instances such as opening a bank account or renting a car.
The Nationality and Borders Bill was introduced by the House of Commons in July 2021, taking a new strategic direction to deal with immigration in the UK. The legislation after it was passed in April of this year emboldens the Home Office’s plans for immigration, the Rwanda partnership and amends to the UK asylum system, making illegal entry harder to achieve.
In addition to introducing a two-tier asylum system, the removal of appeal processes and higher standards of identity proofing, Non-Irish EU citizens will also be required to hand over biometric facial and fingerprint information to travel into the North of the UK. The legislation, which has attracted controversy over its ethics, is expected to be actioned next year.
Biometrics provide a streamlined, high accurate process of confirming identity, which ties into the Home Office’s approach to dealing with a refugee and immigrant crisis and turning non-UK citizens away from settling in the country.
The British minister of State for Immigration, Robert Jenrick, statement that in the long-term “all visitors and migrants to the UK will provide their face and fingerprint biometrics under a single global immigration system” suggest an international effort to crackdown on immigration which needs the advanced capabilities of biometric technologies.
The Irish Times reports that the new information has emerged in answer to a question posed by MP Stephen Farry. He asked whether applicants to the Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) scheme would need to submit their biometric data to enter Northern Ireland from the Republic.
The ETA scheme aims to “give the UK more control of our borders, allowing (it) to block threats from entering the UK, whilst also providing individuals, and carriers, with more assurance at an earlier point in time about their ability to travel to the UK” (Gov.UK, 2022). Ireland rejected the scheme due to exemptions only being made for British, Irish, and Commonwealth citizens with the right to live in the UK. It neglects for non-visa holding Irish nationals.
Stephen Farry during a speech in the House of Commons reiterated that Ireland was not being treated as an independant nation where its citizens should be exempt from the ETA requirements, calling the overarching Nationality and Borders Bill a “reckless, anti-immigration agenda” post-Brexit.
The common interest of the UK and EU during Brexit was to avoid hardening Ireland’s borders to facilitate tourism, Irish nationals crossing the border and trade.
GBG, the global expert in digital identity, today announced it has achieved certification against the UK Government’s Digital Identity and Attributes Trust Framework (DIATF), authorised by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Following a rigorous independent assessment of its technology, security and processes, GBG has been recognised for its industry leading excellence and is now a certified Digital Identity Service Provider (IDSP) to provide digital identity verification for Right to Work, Right to Rent and DBS checks via its GBG Identify product.
Jonathan Jensen, Regulatory Policy Advisor at GBG, said: “This certification is not only a testament to our industry leading technology and expertise at GBG, it also demonstrates our long-term commitment to compliance and regulation.
“Policy surrounding digital identity is still very much in its infancy, but it is beginning to emerge around the globe as adoption of identity verification technology continues at pace. The DIATF represents a huge step forward in policy for digital identity in the UK but also sets an example for regulation around the globe that will improve compliance and build confidence in online Identity verification.”
The DIATF framework is a first step in establishing a digital identity ecosystem that is as trusted as using passports or bank statements in the UK, paving the way for the widespread adoption of digital identities. Modernising identity checking processes and negating the need to present physical documents significantly reduce time needed to process applications, as well as ensures compliance, security, and privacy. GBG’s solution can also easily be added into a company’s existing onboarding journey ensuring users have a streamlined onboarding journey on one platform.
Jensen continues, “Digital identity is critical in driving economic growth, improving customer satisfaction, and creating a more inclusive digital economy for everyone. At GBG, our solutions are already being used millions of times each day to keep individuals and businesses safe and prevent bad actors from causing loss and distress. Achieving UK Government certification for our technology is another step forward in our company’s mission to build trust in a digital world”.
Investment in digital identity needs to be focused on ensuring truly trusted solutions that standout in a saturated U.S. and global market.
The evidence is clear that financial criminals are too investing in more sophisticated means of hacking and stealing identities to compete directly with these technologies.
IdentityWeek.net deconstructs the main points in a commissioned report provided by OliverWyman to tap the potential of digital security.
The most common weaknesses in banking identity management are the consumer-facing vetting processes – identity proofing and KYC which occurs when onboarding a new customer- and the failure to stop crime at the first opportunity when an individual submits login information.
The U.S. market is also oversaturated with digital identity solutions that promise security and seamlessness – an early insight in the report shares the lack of careful authentication barriers before a hacker can transact a payment.
Insight 1.0 – The first verification wall when accessing a bank account is too easily overcome by criminals
“The digital identity landscape is evolving fast; Financial Services institutions need to understand the ecosystem to reap its benefits”, the report reveals.
“The best way to combat synthetic identities is by strengthening up-front verification of credentials when a customer first tries to open an account”.
The stages of authentication are outlined in report, starting with onboarding, customers’ verifying their identity and banks issuing digital credentials, which should be followed by frequent authentication requests to identify genuine account holders.
Finally, the transaction is performed after further authorisation and monitoring.
Insight 2.0 – Market saturation
One striking advancement in hackers’ techniques is demonstrated by the “Fraud Classifier” model, developed by the The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, which how bad actors intent on compromising security will inject themselves into the financial system and thorough verification processes to commit fraud.
The vibrant and competitive landscape, where digital ID providers rank at different levels of competency for inoperability, performance, integrity and privacy, creates a commercial competitiveness instead of offering fewer solutions that perform better for security and user experience.
This provides a hinderance to ultimately defeating criminals that commit fraud, leaving the U.S. digital identity ecosystem in a “state of flux”.
This view is echoed in the report, stating:
“Faster payments, the different roles played by both the U.S. government and private sector, evolution in underlying technologies, and competitive dynamics in the vendor landscape are all impacting the ecosystem”.
Regulators and any bank looking to retain satisfied customers and upgrade safety for the use experience, must first reflect on broader trends including overwhelming market competition and how they may reconfigure the ecosystem and vendors to have long-term relevance.
Insight 3.0 – Government and partners shaping the landscape
“One of the aspects that makes digital identity such a complex topic is the influence of government and quasi-government organizations on the market”.
“A number of forces are shaping the landscape, and this paper helps banks identify those influences in order to design a solution that will remain relevant over time”.