This week’s roundup of Mobile ID World’s most popular stories features a healthy dose of digital ID news, along with items on a variety of other topics including e-passports, mobile biometrics, and a growing passwordless authentication startup.
The latter is Beyond Identity, which got some attention this week with its announcement that it had closed a $100 million Series C funding round that brought its valuation to a whopping $1.1 billion. What’s more, a partner from the VC firm that led the funding round, Evolution Equity Partners’ Taher Elgamal, happens to be one of the co-founders of Nok Nok Labs, and has now joined Beyond Identity’s board of directors:
Speaking of passwordless authentication, that’s what smartphone fingerprint sensors are for – when they work. Unfortunately, Google’s Pixel 6 smartphone continues to deliver frustrations concerning its under-display sensor, which has prompted reports of poor performance since the device’s launch. The latest issue is that some users who have had their Pixel 6 screen repaired are now finding that the fingerprint sensor is unusable:
As for e-passports, HID Global got a lot of attention this week with the news that it has entered into a three-year agreement to provide the identity documents to the government of Barbados, now that the latter has formally replaced its Queen with a President and become a republic. The contract is comprehensive, covering e-passport design, printing technology, and management software:
The week also delivered some important digital ID news as the trend continues to pick up momentum around the world. In the United Kingdom, the Government Digital Service has agreed to a £4.8 million contract with Deloitte to get the latter’s technical and logistical expertise as it seeks to establish a digital identity framework:
Meanwhile, in Australia, the country’s Information Commissioner has asked the Digital Transformation Agency for revisions to a draft Trusted Digital Identity Bill that would establish stronger safeguards for Australians’ privacy and data security. The legislation is being developed in anticipation of a national digital ID program, with Australia already having launched its mGovID online portal, and government authorities currently working to accredit the Yoti mobile app under the Trusted Digital Identity Framework:
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