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Request for Comment and IPR Review: PCTF Verified Person and Privacy Candidates for Final Recommendations V1.1

This review period is now closed.

Notice of Intent: DIACC is collaborating to develop and publish the Verified Person and Privacy components of the Pan-Canadian Trust Framework (PCTF) to set a baseline of public and private sector interoperability of identity services and solutions. During this public review period, DIACC is looking for community feedback to ensure that the conformance criteria in each component is clear and auditable.

Document Status: These review documents have been developed by members of the DIACC’s Trust Framework Expert Committee (TFEC) Verified Person and Privacy Design Teams who operate under the DIACC controlling policies and consist of representatives from both the private and public sectors. These documents have been approved by the TFEC as candidates for Final Recommendation V1.1.


The intent of the PCTF Verified Person component is to define a set of processes used to establish that a natural person is real, unique, and identifiable. This is a key ingredient in ensuring a digital representation of a person is properly created, used exclusively by that same person, and can be relied on to receive valued services and to carry out transactions with trust and confidence.

The PCTF Privacy component is concerned with the handling of personal data for digital identity purposes. The objective of this component is to ensure the ongoing integrity of the privacy processes, policies, and controls of organizations in a Digital Identity Ecosystem by means of standardized conformance criteria used for assessment and certification against the PCTF.

To learn more about the Pan-Canadian vision and benefits-for-all value proposition please review the Pan-Canadian Trust Framework Overview.


  • All interested parties are invited to comment.


  • Opens: November 16, 2021 at 23:59 PST | Closes: December 17, 2021 at 23:59 PST

When reviewing these components Conformance Criteria, please consider the following and note that responses to this question are non-binding and serve to improve the PCTF.

  1. Would you consider the Conformance Criteria as auditable or not? That is, could you objectively evaluate if an organization was compliant with that criteria and what evidence would be used to justify that?

Review Documents: PCTF Verified Person

Supporting Documents: PCTF Verified Person

Review Documents: PCTF Privacy

Supporting Documents: PCTF Privacy

Intellectual Property Rights:

Comments must be received within the 30-day comment period noted above. All comments are subject to the DIACC contributor agreement; by submitting a comment you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions therein. DIACC Members are also subject to the Intellectual Property Rights Policy. Any notice of an intent not to license under either the Contributor Agreement and/or the Intellectual Property Rights Policy with respect to the review documents or any comments must be made at the Contributor’s and/or Member’s earliest opportunity, and in any event, within the 30-day comment period. IPR claims may be sent to Please include “IPR Claim” as the subject.


  • All comments are subject to the DIACC contributor agreement.
  • Submit comments using the provided DIACC Comment Submission Spreadsheet.
  • Reference the draft and corresponding line number for each comment submitted.
  • Email completed DIACC Comment Submission Spreadsheet to
  • Questions may be sent to

Value to Canadians:

The PCTF Verified Person and Privacy Components will provide value to all Canadians, businesses, and governments by setting a baseline of business, legal, and technical interoperability. The DIACC’s mandate is to collaboratively develop and deliver resources to help Canadian’s to digitally transact with security, privacy, and convenience. The PCTF is one such resource and guides digital identity ecosystem interoperability by putting policy, standards, and technology into practice aligning with defined levels of assurance. The DIACC is a not-for-profit coalition of members from the public and private sector who are making a significant and sustained investment in accelerating Canada’s Identity Ecosystem.


The purpose of this review is to ensure transparency in the development and diversity of a truly Pan-Canadian, and international, input. In alignment with our Principles for an Identity Ecosystem, processes to respect and enhance privacy are being prioritized through every step of the PCTF development process.

DIACC expects to modify and improve these candidates for Final Recommendation based upon public comments. Comments made during the review will be considered for incorporation into the next iteration and DIACC will prepare a Disposition of Comments to provide transparency with regard to how each comment was handled.

DIACC Women in Identity: Elena Dumitrascu

DIACC is hosting a series of spotlights showcasing our amazing female DIACC members in the digital identity space, noting the importance of diversity. These spotlights will be regularly socialized through DIACC’s LinkedIn and Twitter channels as well as our monthly member newsletters.

If you’re a DIACC member and would like us to feature your spotlight, contact us today to learn more!

What has your career journey looked like?

Throughout my career, I’ve always worked with emerging tech. In the beginning, that meant e-commerce which evolved into Fintech, which evolved into Digital Identity. Throughout this journey, I’ve worn different hats from development to architecture to sales, and now an entrepreneur. I’ve had the opportunity to understand how all the pieces of the business work together and the biggest takeaway I’ve had from that is how critically important someone’s willingness to be a team player is versus their technical aptitude. You can always teach technical aptitude but good team players are always hard to find.

When you were 20 years old, what was your dream job and why?

I wanted to be a lawyer because I felt like lawyers understood how the world works. That wasn’t necessarily correct but it felt like the type of career that would give me the most growth and exposure for career opportunities possible as an adult.

As a female leader, what has been the most significant barrier in your career?

It was not recognizing my strengths and spending energy trying to be more like other males in my field instead of recognizing my own strengths as a woman and focusing on those.

How do you balance work and life responsibilities?

The biggest thing right now is learning how to make that next strategic hire that can take things off your plate so you can be balanced in work and life. Recognize that if you surround yourself with very good people, they will give you the opportunity to go away and not have any worries.

How can more women be encouraged to pursue careers in the digital ID/tech space?

It does start early. For young women interested in more of the programming side of technology, we need to encourage young girls to take that computer science class in grade 7 and not think that technology is just for guys. However, there’s a big misunderstanding that to work in tech you must be a coder. There are many fields within the technology sector including very creative outlets such as product, design, marketing, and sales. If you’re mid-career, don’t be afraid of making that shift and consider exposing yourself to new disciplines by taking some online classes.

What are some strategies you have learned to help women achieve a more prominent role in their organizations?

It’s to encourage women to speak up and to put their hand up for roles that they would otherwise consider unattainable.

What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?

I think a big challenge is that the fact that they are growing in a world that is already tech-enabled and that does not award them the ability to troubleshoot and learn the way that we did. This gave us the ability to be more creative with our solutions. We weren’t able to jump to the internet to find a solution, we struggled until we solved it.

Don’t necessarily succumb to the traditional thinking of what’s right and what’s wrong. We need to remind them to think for themselves and that their value is their own original thought.

What advice would you give to young women entering the field?

It’s the same advice my dad gave me – keep your options and be curious. You’re not going to know truly what your career will look like until at least 5 years in an industry. It’s so vast, it’ll take a while to find your sweet spot. Stay open to options.

Elena Dumitrascu is Co-founder & CTO at Credivera

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