It was a big week for mobile identity technology, with major bank, a national government, and a global tech brand showing up in this week’s collection of Mobile ID World’s top stories.
The bank in question is one of the biggest in Canada – BMO, or the Bank of Montreal, which became the latest major financial institution to embrace selfie-based biometric onboarding this week. Canadian customers can now remotely prove their identity by uploading a selfie and images of their official ID, with BMO’s app using facial recognition to match the two:
BMO Launches Selfie Onboarding Service
The aforementioned government, meanwhile, is that of the United Kingdom, which is planning to develop a digital identity app to give citizens easy access to government e-services. The UK’s Government Digital Service got some considerable attention from Mobile ID World readers this week with its procurement notice indicating that it’s looking for a technology partner for the project:
UK Government Seeks Technology Partner for New Identity Verification App
The globally recognized WhatsApp was also in the spotlight this week thanks to some sleuthing from XDA Developers, which led to the discovery of code in a beta version of a WhatsApp upgrade that suggests that an upcoming version of WhatsApp Pay will require identity verification from end users. It’s a bit speculative, but could point to WhatsApp pay launches in new jurisdictions with more stringent KYC requirements:
Code Suggests WhatsApp Pay Could Start Asking Users for Proof of Identity
In other FinTech news, IPification garnered some reader interest this week with the news that it would be providing a mobile anti-fraud solution for Cambodia’s ABA Bank. IPification’s solution, which revolves around the verification of IP addresses against SIM and phone number information, will replace a security system based on One-Time Passwords:
IPification Provides Onboarding Services for Cambodian Bank
And finally, readers flocked to a Mobile ID World feature on the accelerating adoption of biometric technology in security keys. Fingerprint-scanning security keys are now starting to hit the commercial market, and could represent the next big wave in key-based multi-factor authentication:
How Biometric Tech is Revolutionizing Security Keys
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