India to help Sri Lanka build digital ID system

India to help Sri Lanka build digital ID system

Sri Lanka plans to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India to secure a grant to execute the Unitary Digital Identity Framework in Sri Lanka.

The Government said it has decided to prioritize the implementation of a Unitary Digital Identity Framework for Sri Lanka as a national-level program.

During the bilateral talks between the Sri Lankan President and the Indian Prime Minister in December 2019, the government of India had agreed to provide a grant to the island nation to implement the Unitary Digital Identity framework.

Under the proposed Unitary Digital Identity Framework, it is expected to introduce a personal identity verification device based on biometric data, a digital tool that can represent the identities of individuals in cyberspace, and the identification of individual identities that can be accurately verified in digital and physical environments by combining the two devices.

During the bilateral talks between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in December 2019, the Government of India agreed to provide a grant to implement the Unitary Digital Identity framework.

Philippines readies for ID system

Philippines readies for ID system

The Philippine government has alerted state agencies to prepare for the introduction of the country’s new identity system.

The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) will soon be integrated into the processes, database and services of all state agencies so they must mmediately take preparatory steps, according to a government memo.

The memos said the agencies should identify the appropriate types and quality of biometric authentication devices to be procured as well as develop a two-year PhilSys integration plan.

“The covered agencies shall prioritize PhilSys integration to enable the use of PhilSys-enabled services, involving, among others, online authentication processes and proper controls for the PhilID, including features such as real-time authentication and validation within two years from the launching of the said services in their respective agencies,” the circular read.

This week, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) also said the government is targeting to process the birth registration of at least 99.5 percent of Filipinos, including 42,000 more “disadvantaged” residents in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), to attain its commitment to provide documents to all under the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).

In an interview after a press conference here on Tuesday, Engr. Marizza Grande, officer-in-charge assistant national statistician, said “we will go to the remotest villages, reach the poorest residents and those who have challenges in making themselves listed”.

UL Launches certification scheme to advance MDL adoption at Identity Week 2021

UL Launches certification scheme to advance MDL adoption at Identity Week 2021


 UL, the global safety science leader, announced today that it launched an electronic identification (eID) certification scheme to evaluate products for compliance with ISO/IEC 18013-5:2021, the new international standard for personal identification – mobile driving license (mDL). This global standard specifies interoperable protocols for digital credentials and a data model for an mDL. It can also be leveraged for other digital credentials far beyond driving licenses.

The announcement was made in conjunction with a speech by Arjan Geluk, lead principal advisor in UL’s Cybersecurity and Identity Management and Security group, at Identity Week, which is being held today through and Thurs., Sep. 23 in London. Geluk said, “I am proud to announce that UL now provides interoperability certification services for mobile driving license implementations. It expresses a continuation of our commitment to the deployment of secure, privacy-preserving and globally interoperable digital credentials.”

The launch of UL’s ISO/IEC 18013-5 interoperability certification services coincides with the approval of this new international standard and promotes the seamless rollout of globally interoperable mDL implementations around the world.

Ian Grossman, vice president of Member Services and Public Affairs at the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), said, “The AAMVA is appreciative of all the hard work that has been done to provide an interoperability standard. Continued collaboration between the public and private sectors is imperative for providing a robust and trusted mDL ecosystem.”

“I am pleased that ISO finalized the ISO/IEC 18013-5 standard, a widely supported international standard which provides a reliable, secure and privacy-friendly way to share and verify mobile credentials,” added Bas van den Berg, secretary of Topic Group XIX on Virtual Driving License at the Association of European Vehicle and Driver Registration Authorities and head of driving licenses at The Netherlands Vehicle Authority. “I am happy that there is a possibility for issuers and verifiers to obtain evidence that their solution meets this new standard, so that they can be sure about the international interoperability of their solutions.”

UL’s testing and certification services check for conformity against the standard for mDL and mDL reader applications. Once a product has been certified, the UL Mark can be associated with the application and leveraged to market a solution by showing the UL Promotional Badge in marketing materials, indicating the product interoperable with any other ISO/IEC 18013-5 compliant implementation.

UL’s eID Certification services are the latest in a series of solutions that support empowering trust in digital credentials. UL offers independent training, strategic advisory, test suites, certification testing and cybersecurity evaluation services for mDL and mDL reader implementations and other forms of eID.  Learn more about UL’s eID solutions.


Ontario releases Technology and Standards for digital identity

Ontario releases Technology and Standards for digital identity

The Ontario government is publicly launching the technology and standards that will build Ontario’s digital identity ecosystem, which will empower simpler, faster and better access to more convenient and secure online services. As one of the first jurisdictions in North America to publish this information, Ontario continues to demonstrate its commitment to digital and data transparency, and is making progress on becoming a world-leading digital jurisdiction.

When fully launched, Ontario’s Digital ID (identification) will allow people and businesses to prove who they are both online and in person with built-in safety features that protect users’ privacy and personal information. It will be a convenient and easy identification solution that is made with the security and encryption necessary for today’s highly digitized world, which protects personal data while performing secure transactions and accessing online services.

Over time, Ontario’s Digital ID will open up more opportunities for individuals and businesses across all business sectors. This initiative is yet another way that the government is working with the marketplace to support economic growth, new investments and technological innovation.

Today, Kaleed Rasheed, Associate Minister of Digital Government, shared an update on the government’s plan in a virtual conversation with the Council of Canadian Innovators on Ontario’s digital future.

“Openly sharing our technology approach to digital identity is an essential step in our plan to provide more convenient, private and secure ways to prove who you are,” said Minister Rasheed. “Today’s announcement responds directly to what we continue to hear from sector partners, stakeholders and the public – Ontario’s approach to technology needs to be ambitious, innovative and transparent.”

Ontario’s Digital ID will use emerging technology standards and, wherever possible, publicly available open source solutions. Key principles that will underpin Ontario’s digital identity program include compliance with current industry standards and laws, including Ontario’s Digital Service Standard and Anti-Racism Data Standards.

“Our Ontario Onwards: Action Plan first announced our government’s goal to make Ontario the most advanced digital jurisdiction in the world – all in the service of the people of this province,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance. “The release of Ontario’s Digital ID later this year will be an exciting step towards transforming and modernizing government services in an increasingly digital world.”

French Government selects IDEMIA for the national digital ID program

French Government selects IDEMIA for the national digital ID program

The French government agency, Agence Nationale des Titres Sécurisés (“ANTS”), will be collaborating with IDEMIA on the national digital ID program, France Identité Numérique

With their consent, French citizens using the service, will be able to prove their identity remotely by placing their eID card on the back of their smartphone

Hundreds of additional secure online services will soon be available thanks to the Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information (ANSSI)-certified authentication system

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

The digital ID system will be issued with a First Level security certificate from the French IT agency, ANSSI, and will therefore comply with the EU eIDAS regulations; Substantial and High1. The system will protect citizens’ identity data, and will ensure that only the authorized citizen has control over it.

As a French company, we are extremely proud to work on the national digital ID program. The new CNIe with its highly-secure chip is a great example of combining a physical ID document with a digital ID to securely access online services.
Pierre Lelièvre, IDEMIA Senior Vice President Digital ID

The FranceConnect platform, which underpins the program, has already attracted over 28 million users and 900 service providers. French citizens will soon be able to securely access these services using their new digital ID.

Our mission is to create and offer a user-friendly means of electronic identification that facilitates and protects the online transfer of citizen identity data, so that transactions cannot be centralized or traced.”
Valérie Peneau, General Government Inspector and Director of the France Identité Numérique program

IDEMIA’s expertise is helping bring about substantial digital ID changes that are currently underway. Having successfully implemented over 135 online and offline identification programs across the world, IDEMIA meets governments’ needs for securer and agile citizen databases, ID documents and online authentication of citizens’ identity.

Belarus launches ePassport and eID project

Belarus launches ePassport and eID project

Starting from 1 September 2021, Belarusian citizens are able to receive new biometric identity documents – ePassport and eID card.

The Republic of Belarus will be issuing ePassports and eID cards to its citizens from the beginning of September. The complete citizen identity electronic document system, including collection, processing and storing of biometric and other personal data, de-duplication check, data validation, eID document personalization, digital signature of stored data and issuance of biometric documents, was successfully delivered to Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus by a consortium led by Emperor Technology (EmpTech), a world leading secure ID solution and service provider. Working with EmpTech is X Infotech, a global provider of software solutions for issuance and verification of electronic identity documents.

EmpTech, the consortium lead, with its innovative end-to-end electronic document issuance solutions, proposed the Belarussian end user the most advanced secured document issuance systems, including Desktop and Mobile Biometric Enrolment Terminals, eID and ePassport Personalization Machines as well as Document Issuance Devices. With EmpTech MLP (Multi-Layer Personalization) technology and the cutting-edge ICAO compliant biometric enrolment solutions, the consortium is extremely confident it will secure the Belarusian ePassports and eID cards with its advanced security features during personalization.

X Infotech supplied the end-to-end software system dedicated to ePassport and eID card issuance. This turnkey solution includes the ICAO compliant X Infotech components for Enrolment, Data Preparation, Chip Encoding, Quality Assurance, Integration Services, Secure PIN Manager, Personalization script, Personalization machine plugins, Document Registry, Document Issuance, Case Management, Identity Management, ABIS, Production Management, Stock Management, Authorization Server, Log Server, Monitoring Server and Reporting Server. 

Additionally, X Infotech delivered Public Key Infrastructure (ICAO PKI) for the creation, storage and distribution of digital certificates for eID cards and ePassports deploying X Infotech Document Signer, Document Verifier and Terminal Control Centre components to Belarussian authorities. This high-quality solution ensures data secure storage on document chip, being both protected and digitally signed as well verified on border control stations.

Nearly 9 million citizens of Republic of Belarus will receive completely new biometric identity documents. 

“This has been a great milestone for both the Republic of Belarus and EmpTech consortium partners. We are deeply honored for the confidence and trust which the Belarussian government has placed in us and we are proud to have successfully delivered this important project,” said Sean Zheng, CEO, EmpTech. “Not only would the Belarusian ePassport, the eID would also be using the same personalization technology – the MLP developed by EmpTech. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Republic of Belarus government for the trust, confidence and faith in us. X Infotech, an invaluable member of the team, has worked extremely hard for this project to ensure its success and timely delivery. I also like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the team for their hard work.”

“This project is a significant step forward for the electronic government ecosystem deployment in the Republic of Belarus, which allows all the Belarussian nation to be most modern and secure while allowing remote transactions with government and other institutions by utilizing brand new technological mechanisms,” said Sergey Yeliseyev, X Infotech Business Development Director for Government eID. “We are extremely proud by being part of this important project and we express great gratitude to Belarussian authorities for that. We appreciate the level of trust to X Infotech from our partners: Emperor Technology and RUE “Cryptotech” of Goznak as well all the government authorities involved into the project including, but not limited by Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Communications and Informatization, Ministry of Finance, Operational and Analytical Center under the President of the Republic of Belarus (OAC). We look forward to see how brand-new e-services and possibilities will be provided for every citizen of Belarus.”