ConnectID launches digital ID network

Monday, 16 October, 2023

ConnectID launches digital ID network

Australian Payments Plus (AP+) has launched its digital identity solution, ConnectID, marking what it says is an important step in helping Australians protect themselves from fraud and identity theft.

ConnectID enables users to securely verify their identity to third parties without having to repeatedly share any unnecessary data. Rather than provide proof of identity documents, consumers can ask participating businesses to verify information using organisations they already trust with their data, including banks.

The service is now available to Commonwealth Bank (CBA) and National Australia Bank (NAB) customers on a number of use cases. It also has strong industry support with other strategic partners including Westpac and ANZ.

The solution doesn’t see or store personal information, it simply acts as a bridge between an organisation that wants to verify identity and the organisation providing that verification. This only happens when the customer authorises it, combining the convenience of real-time identity verification with enhanced security and consent.

“This new service will help customers reduce oversharing their data, giving them greater control over what data is being shared and used and choice over which organisations they trust to store their personal information,” said ConnectID Managing Director Andrew Black.

“And from a business perspective, the ability to collect only what is required means they’re able to comply with legislation and reduce their risk profile.

“What’s important to know is that ConnectID is not creating new honeypots of data, in fact, we never see or store customer data. At every step of the way, ConnectID ensures both convenience and confidence, quickly and securely verifying customer identities,” he said.

From the perspective of financial institutions, secure simplification of the authentication process is the drawcard.

“Commonwealth Bank is supportive of ConnectID, which will simplify customer identification and authentication needs for both businesses and consumers across the economy. It will help keep consumers’ data safer online, with strong security and privacy controls,” said CBA’s General Manager, Open Data, Katherine Sleeth.

NAB Executive, Digital Governance, Brad Carr said the move is a significant progression.

“We’re proud to support the launch of ConnectID today, which will make life so much easier for Australians when they are going through a process of validating their identity online, and doing so in a safe way that protects their data and privacy.

“This represents a significant and exciting milestone in the journey towards enabling both NAB customers and the wider community to go about their digital lives more securely, whilst supporting growth and confidence in the Australian digital economy,” Carr said.

ConnectID verifies a customer’s identity without seeing or storing any data.

The Australian Government released the National Strategy for Identity Resilience in June outlining how state and territory governments should make their digital ID systems more robust. In September 2021, ConnectID was the first non-government operator of a digital identity exchange to be accredited under the Australian Government’s Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF) which sets standards, rules and guidelines based on international best practice.

“At AP+ we see ConnectID playing an important role in building trust in our digital economy,” said Lynn Kraus, CEO of AP+.

“We’re partnering with proven guardians of identity documentation such as the major banks to deliver simple and safe identity verification. We’re keen to see ConnectID play a role in an Australian digital identity framework that brings together both the government and non-government sectors in a world-leading solution to help protect people’s data.”

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