Identity verification simplified with Digital iD


By Technology Decisions Staff
Wednesday, 09 August, 2017


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Digital iD technology will be rolled out by Australia Post across various companies and government departments.

This technology will provide Australians with an easier way to verify their identity online, as well as access important services.

Existing identity verification processes can be time consuming, costing the Australian economy up to $11 billion a year, according to Australia Post research.

However, Digital iD allows people to verify their identity information once, so they can then easily prove who they are online and in person through the platform’s smartphone app. This removes the need for Australians to repeatedly use several forms of identity to prove who they are or have numerous passwords to access products and services.

The new identity platform will be adopted by Airtasker, CUA, Travelex and Queensland Police Service.

“Our new Digital iD platform also gives people more control over the personal data they share with organisations,” said Andrew Walduck, Australia Post Executive General Manager of Trusted eCommerce Services.

“For example, most people hand over their driver’s licence to prove they can legally go to a bar, but all that is needed is a name and birth date — not that information plus your full residential address.”

Australia Post has already integrated Digital iD with its own products and services, including MyPost Parcel Collect and our Mail Redirection Service.

Airtasker will use the technology to allow its users to obtain an identity ‘badge’ to prove who they are, strengthening trust in its service. CUA will use it to verify new members applying for selected savings accounts online or via their mobile device, enabling more people to complete the process digitally without visiting a physical branch.

Meanwhile, Travelex will use the technology as part of its Know Your Customer Checks, and Queensland Police Service will incorporate Digital iD into its national police clearance certificates process to be launched later this year.

“The success of the sharing economy is based on the trust created between members of the community and verified identity is a huge part of building that trust,” said Airtasker Co-founder and Chief Executive Tim Fung.

“With quicker verification and better control of their personal information, consumers will have much more confidence to engage with service providers in their local community. Similarly, companies and governments will have greater confidence that they know who they’re doing business with.”

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