Other digital identity work

Other digital identity development work in New Zealand and other countries.

In New Zealand

New Zealand Government – Digital Identity Transition Programme

The purpose of the work programme is to develop options for a new approach to digital identity, including the long-term role of government and the private sector in the provision of digital identity services, and identify regulatory gaps.

The programme is operating under the Department of Internal Affairs. The Ministry of Health is actively engaged with the programme team to ensure health and disability sector alignment in the development of the digital identity trust framework and standards.

For more information visit the Digital NZ website.

Digital Identity New Zealand

Digital Identity New Zealand was formed early 2019. Their aim is to ‘help New Zealand’s transformation as a digital nation, where everyone can prove who they are digitally to organisations in a secure and trusted way’.

Digital Identity New Zealand is a purpose-driven, inclusive, membership-funded organisation, whose members have a shared passion for the opportunities that digital identity can offer in supporting a sustainable, inclusive and trustworthy digital future for all New Zealanders.

They have about 70 members including government agencies, banks, insurance company, technology suppliers, and IT professional bodies. They also provide support to the Government’s Digital Identity Transition Programme in the development of the Digital Identity Trust Framework.

For more information visit the Digital Identity New Zealand website.

In other countries

Australian Government Digital Transformation Agency – Digital Identity project

The Australian Government Digital Transformation Agency recognises that one of the biggest barriers to making government services digital is the ability for a user to prove they are who they claim they are digitally. The objective of this project is to enable the use of digital identity to give Australian people and businesses a single, secure way to use government services online.

The Digital Transformation Agency are leading the delivery of the digital identity ecosystem in partnership with the Australian Taxation Office, Department of Human Services, Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

For more information visit the Digital Transformation Agency website.

Digital Identity & Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC)

Created as a result of the federal government’s Task Force for the Payments System Review, DIACC’s objective is to unlock societal and economic opportunities for Canadians by providing the framework to develop a robust, secure, scalable and privacy enhancing digital identification and authentication ecosystem that will decrease costs for governments, consumers, and business while improving service delivery and driving GDP growth.

The DIACC is a non-profit coalition of public and private sector leaders committed to developing a Canadian digital identification and authentication framework to enable Canada’s full and secure participation the global digital economy. DIACC members include representatives from both the federal and provincial levels of government as well as private sector leaders.

For more information visit the DIACC website.

National Health Service (NHS), UK – NHS Identity

NHS Identity is a new authentication service that allows all clinicians to access clinical information at the point of need. Available over the internet, and on a range of devices including tablets and mobiles, staff on the move, such as paramedics and community midwives, will be able to access the information whenever and wherever they need it.

Professionals frustrated by logging in to multiple systems to carry out their services will benefit from a single, secure login. NHS Identity supports federation of identity – linking a user’s electronic identity to multiple systems determined by their registered role.

NHS Identity completed a pilot with the Data Landing Portal (DLP) in May 2018 and a second pilot to provide London Ambulance Service access to SCRa on an iOS device completed in April 2019. Further pilots and features will be developed during 2019.

For more information visit the NHS Digital website.

Digital Identity in Estonia – Building a Smart Nation

Estonia is frequently cited as having one of the most advanced digital ID frameworks, where all citizens have a digital ID to access government services. Estonia began its digital ID transformation by establishing a regulatory framework with two foundational pieces of legislation.

The Identity Documents Act ensured that all Estonians were issued ‘smart’ ID cards. The ID card was introduced with two separate PINs: the first one for authentication and the second for digital signatures.

The Digital Signatures Act (DSA) provided the legal foundation for accepting digital signatures through the use of digital ID cards and created a certification registry to verify digital ID card digital signatures. This Act stated digital signatures are equivalent to handwritten ones and the public sector must accept digitally signed documents.

The legislation allowed the financial services industry to use digital ID to offer banking and other services. Widespread adoption of digital ID by the private sector generated broad social awareness and enhanced the acceptance of the new system. Estonia built X-Road, the data exchange layer that allows the public and private sector to securely exchange data and to ensure the information is compatible and up to date, to allow people to access a variety of services using their digital ID. Estonia’s ID cards are now widely used across a variety of platforms including healthcare, electronic banking and even voting. By 2014, digital ID was used more than 80 million times for authentication and 35 million times for digital transactions – a significant achievement for a nation of only 1.3 million people. The improved efficiencies resulted in savings estimated to be the equivalent of 2% of Estonian GDP.

For more information visit the E-Estonia website.

Trusted Identity Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology – US Department of Commerce

Founded in 2015 as part of NIST’s Applied Cybersecurity Division, the Trusted Identity Group’s vision is that ‘individuals and organizations employ secure, efficient, easy-to-use, and interoperable identity solutions to access online services in a manner that promotes confidence, privacy, choice, and innovation.’

The Trusted Identity Group aims to convene, facilitate, and catalyze a private sector-led implementation approach to advance trusted digital identity solutions built upon four guiding principles, and to enable government adoption by continually evolving our risk-based federal guidance to encourage the adoption of innovative technologies in the market.

For more information visit the National Institute of Standards and Technology website.

The World Bank ID4D initiative

The World Bank Group’s ID4D Initiative uses global knowledge and expertise across sectors to help countries realize the transformational potential of digital identification systems to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

For more information visit the ID4D website.

GSMA Digital Identity Programme

The mission of this programme is to leverage mobile technology as an enabler of digital identity and associated services which provide social and commercial value in developing markets. The GSMA Digital Identity programme works with mobile operators, governments and the development community to demonstrate the opportunities, address the barriers and highlight the value of mobile as an enabler of digital identification.

Through the Commonwealth Digital Identity Initiative, the GSMA Digital Identity programme is partnering with the World Bank ID4D programme and Caribou Digital to help make progress in providing a digitally enabled identity for every woman and girl in the Commonwealth by 2030.

For more information visit the GSMA website.

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