Digital ID is really starting to take off, with almost all of this week’s top stories on Mobile ID World covering the topic. The exception, of course, comes from one of the other major trends in this space – selfie onboarding.
The latter news item came by way of Onfido, which announced a new client in Wallester AS, a white-label issuer of Visa cards. Wallester has entered into an agreement with Onfido to repackage its remote onboarding technology with Wallester’s own card issuance platform. The end result will be a white label solution for financial institutions that will allow end users to apply for Visa cards remotely, thanks to Onfido’s facial recognition technology:
As for digital ID, recent developments have been popping up around the world. In Canada, for example, authorities in the province of Saskatchewan are starting to explore the potential benefits of a digital ID program, especially with respect to enabling residents to easily and securely access government services online:
The United Kingdom government is further along on that path. The country’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport made headlines this week with plans to introduce legislation in parliament that is aimed at recognizing digital IDs as official identity documents. The bill will also detail security and privacy standards, and an accreditation process:
In China, Premier Li Keqiang revealed government plans to launch a digital national ID card by the end of this year. Chinese authorities have already been trialing digital ID technology for years, but the anticipated national digital ID system will be aimed at letting citizens access government services across the country’s various provinces:
Finally, back in the US, IDEMIA’s announcement of another multi-year driver’s license contract with the state of California continued to draw reader interest this week. IDEMIA’s announcement did not specifically mention digital or mobile driver’s licenses, but the company has been pioneering the technology over the past year in partnership with other US states, and IDEMIA indicated that this new, 12-year contract will entail work “beyond the production of physical ID cards”:
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