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GPG 45 guidance on identity checks opens up for the private sector

In April, we wrote about the significant changes made to the Good Practice Guide (GPG) 45, the UK government’s standard for checking and verifying someone’s identity. If you’ve ever had to verify your identity with the government, it’s likely the process followed GPG 45.  The guide is made up of five parts: Get evidence of the claimed identity; Check the evidence is genuine or valid; Check the claimed identity has existed over time; Check if the claimed identity is at high risk of identity fraud; Check that the identity belongs to the person who’s claiming it.

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Canada pioneers digital ID for all with new framework

This week, the Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC) announced the launch of a new framework for digital ID and authentication industry standards. The Pan Canadian Trust Framework (PCTF) will define how digital ID will roll out across Canada and will be alpha tested by DIACC members. As a long-standing member of DIACC, we’re incredibly excited to see the launch of this framework that we’ve contributed to with knowledge gleaned from our long-standing experience in the digital identity space. The PCTF itself is a huge collaborative achievement and has received over 3,400 public comments provided

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The UK government's digital identity consultation response

We’re pleased to see the publication of the UK government’s Digital Identity: Consultation Response. We and others, like techUK, have been calling on the government to reveal its plans for digital identity and this response is a step in the right direction. There are three things that we particularly like. Principles-based approach First, the need for a principles-based approach, spanning privacy, transparency, inclusivity, interoperability, proportionality and good governance. Yoti was founded on core business principles, which have enabled us to develop a suite of digital identity products with the user’s interests at their core.  It’s good to

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New JMLSG guidance recognises the power of digital identity

On 1 June 2020, the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group (JMLSG) published its revised guidance for what is expected of regulated financial services entities in relation to the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing. The new guidance recognises the central role that digital identity and robust biometric technologies can play in ensuring regulated entities meet their anti-money laundering (AML) and counter terrorist financing (CTF) obligations.   What is the JMLSG? The JMLSG is a private sector organisation that produces guidance to help the financial services sector meet its legal obligations in relation to AML and CTF. Its guidance isn’t

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Strong support in the House of Lords for digital age verification

On Monday 20th July, several members of Lords gave strong support for digital age verification, including Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Lord Clement-Jones, Lord Stevenson of Balmacara, Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom, Lord Holmes. It’s fair to say that all concerned want effective digital age verification, even those that were opposed to the development of digital age verification during the Lords debate such as  Baroness Pickering and Baroness Williams. But for it to be effective, it needs to be standards based and meet the requirements of industry stakeholders and the public. What was NOT clear on the floor of the

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It’s my health: a global Code of Practice for sharing personal health credentials

As governments across the globe look to ease the restrictive measures placed on individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for a secure way to share personal health information has become clear. Individuals that present reasonable evidence that they pose a low risk of transmitting the COVID-19 (either they have recovered or have a recent test indicating they’re not currently infected), need a secure and trustworthy way of proving this information in order to return to work, board a flight or return to some specific, limited access venues and activities.  We believe that abiding by a Code of Practice is

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