Citizen Identification

Iconic Identity Trends—The Physical Document is Here to Stay

The age of convenience is here, and we all want to identify ourselves with mobile, digital or contactless technologies. While it is true that the drive for continually simpler ways to prove our identity will intensify, there needs to be a secure root identity which underpins the security of these new processes and technologies. Governments, issuing authorities, police and border forces all have confidence in physical documents and remain skeptical of the security of digital systems due to well-publicized cyberattacks.

Iconic Identity Trends—Enhancing the Border Crossing Experience

Over the past year, many countries and border authorities have either installed automated passport control systems or implemented pilot projects to speed up the identity verification processes without compromising security. There is no doubt that this trend will continue to accelerate in 2020.

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The Continued Rise of Biometrics in Citizen ID

Although the subject of biometrics can still be controversial, there is a growing acceptance of biometric identification—fueled no doubt by its increased use in everything from mobile phone security to citizen identification.

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Iconic Identity Trends to Keep an Eye On in 2020

At the start of 2019, we wrote about the trends in the document security industry for the year ahead. In a new series of articles we will look at whether those trends look set to continue into 2020 and what we can expect in the next year.

How Polycarbonate is Creating More Secure Passport Datapages

Passport technology is changing from the paper of the past. In the last 15 years, more than 150 countries have moved to a highly secure electronic passport that uses an inlay to support a microcontroller chip. Still, the strongest trend in passports is a polycarbonate (PC) datapage. As of today, more than 40 countries have upgraded their travel documents from the standard paper-and-laminate datapage to a PC one. This technology comes with a few challenges—and many benefits. Let’s take a look at some common questions surrounding PC.

When It Comes to Security Features, Less Is More

Identity documents have come a long way since their introduction in 1414 by King Henry V of England, as part of the Safe Conduct Act. For the next 500 years, various proofs of identity emerged but most people didn't need to carry one. The need to use identity documents not only for identifying but also authenticating the holder of the document became apparent during the first year of World War I with the Lody spy scandal.

Personal Background Checks and How To Best Manage Personal Data

Background checks. Governments, corporations, healthcare organizations and financial institutions require them as part of their hiring process. They help identify individuals who have criminal backgrounds and therefore are ineligible for employment. Background checks help organizations reduce their risk, comply with legal requirements, ensure public safety and provide customer assurance.

Many Small Steps to Enhanced Passport Security

The real value of security components

A huge number of people cross borders every hour, many of them by air. If you consult flight radar apps, where one can follow every airplane currently in the air, air traffic is sometimes so heavy that you are not even able to spot a patch of sky amongst flight paths. It is estimated by the International Aviation Trade Association (IATA) that the number of travelers will double in the next twenty years. The world is becoming a smaller place.

Why Governments Should Consider Private Sector Verification Needs When Introducing Digital ID

Digital identity is more than a buzzword in the government business. It is almost reality. More than 10 pilot projects and a small number of live projects are currently running worldwide, mainly around digital driving licenses. But what do we mean when we talk about digital identity? Is it just a digitalized identity document that is accessible on a smart phone? This would not make it any different from a conventional physical document, so why bother at all investing in such a project?

When It Comes to a Digital ID, Where Is the Safest Place for a Citizen's Data?

Today, a small number of citizens around the world are lucky enough to use digital IDs thanks to a handful of governments that have put these programs in place. For many others, digital ID is just around the corner. Nevertheless, the decision to go for a digital ID program implicates many decisions that a government must make during the process. An example of one such vital decision is where the data of the citizens will be stored.

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