Digital identities dominate the headlines in this week’s roundup of top stories on Mobile ID World. We also take a look at a devastating security breach involving one of the world’s leading smartphone makers.
Our first story comes courtesy of the World Economic Forum (WEF), which has published a new report that advocates for the creation of a global digital identity scheme with data intermediaries. The intermediaries would essentially operate as identity brokers empowered to act on behalf of their clients, and would theoretically allow people to participate in an international ecosystem while still preserving a degree of privacy:
The second story narrows the focus to look at digital identities at a national level. More specifically, the Canadian Bankers Association (CBA) is calling for the creation of a federated digital identity system in Canada. The proposed system would share responsibility between the federal government, the provincial governments, and financial institutions, and echoes the WEF’s belief that banks are well-positioned for digital identity projects because they are already regulated and have the trust of the general public:
Up next, Samsung has acknowledged that some of its Galaxy source code was compromised in a recent security breach. A hacking group has claimed credit for the attack, and has leaked roughly 190GB worth of sensitive data, including the source code for the Galaxy platform’s biometric unlocking algorithms and the Trusted Applets in its TrustZone security environment:
From there, we move on to something slightly less incendiary. The cloud communications specialist Twilio has acquired Boku’s Identity business. Boku decided to ditch its identity portfolio to dedicate itself more fully to pursuing opportunities in the mobile payments sector:
Finally, IDEMIA has renewed its driver’s license partnership with the state of California for another 12 years. The new deal could pave the way for digital IDs, with IDEMIA indicating that it will be supplying the state with new technologies that go beyond physical ID cards:
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