Citizen Identification

International Standards: A Proven Recipe for Success

Since HID acquired its identity document manufacturing facility in Malta in October 2019, the site has embarked on an ambitious journey to obtain three ISO certifications in a span of just over 5 months.

As Global Travel Resumes, e-Passports Will Bring Simplicity

A few months ago, getting into an airplane and traveling around the globe was so common and natural that we did not give it a second thought. That has changed during the last few months — most dramatically for those who got stuck somewhere on their way and for those who still cannot visit their loved ones on the other side of the world.

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Why Statistics Define a Nation's Future

Snapshot moment. It is spring 2020 and we are all thinking about Covid-19: a truly society-changing matter.

Seldom have statisticians been in such demand. Everyone wants the facts, everyone wants the figures, and everyone wants to know what they should do. Are the politicians talking sense? Are they even close to the truth? Which direction is this health crisis taking?

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The Risk of Identity Theft Does Not Stop with Biographic Data

As the world increasingly moves towards assuring each individual’s identity, so does the need to collect and manage more biometric data as a means to uniquely enroll and identify individuals. But sharing our biometric data means that we are exposed to the same identity theft risks as when we share other important data, such as financial account data, address history, employer history and more. Several data breach laws around the world have already been enacted requiring companies to report on breaches after the fact.

Being a Smart Customer — Open ID Architectures

Newer generations of ID technologies make the world of identity systems more interesting and visible — and invite a second look at the wider systems design principles and smart customer behaviors.

Today, everyone can see the world of identity changing from the outside. We use ID management tools such as mobile phones every day of our lives. We prove our identity and authenticate ourselves online so often that we seldom give it a second thought. We speed through fast border control without stopping to remember the past (and sometimes even our bags).

Why Touching a Fingerprint Reader is Still the Best Method of Biometric Identification

There has been some talk recently that the COVID-19 outbreak will spell the end for biometric devices that require contact. This is based on the premise that people will be hesitant to touch a surface that any other member of the public has previously come into contact with. The rumor goes that contact-based fingerprint scanners are heading to the scrap heap within two to three years. You can understand why these predictions are being made, but there are a number of factors which mean that this is unlikely to happen for some considerable time to come.

Mobile Identity Isn’t Just About Driver’s Licenses

Mobile identity has been an evolving technology in the citizen identity market for five years now. Most of the time and effort has been focused on mobile driver’s licenses, and there are many good reasons for that. However, mobile identity has developed so quickly that other use cases are now starting to emerge. It may surprise you to learn that Argentina is leading the way in deploying mobile identity for its national ID project.

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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