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Consumer Digital Identity Leveraging Blockchain

DIACC forecasts that numerous multiple-party Identity Information Networks (aka Networks), may become available in the near future. What are some implementation considerations regarding such networks?

To further explore this, DIACC member SecureKey released a new white paper, Consumer Digital Identity Leveraging Blockchain.

For this project, collaboration is key. “Establishing a secure and effective digital identity network would truly not be possible were it not for effective collaboration between the public and private sectors towards this shared goal,” said Didier Serra, EVP, Sales & Marketing at SecureKey.

“Our forthcoming digital identity network was also strengthened by its development in accordance with DIACC’s digital network principles and with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) support. Operating within this framework and in a collaborative environment, we were able to get the necessary findings to establish a first-of-its-kind digital identity network in Canada.”  

SecureKey is implementing a Network on blockchain technology, one that strives to provide a foundational service to drive forward the digital economy.

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Networks have a number of benefits, among them, the potential to secure:

  • A user’s right to privacy of activity
  • A user’s right to decide when, and what information is shared between organizations

This can simplify in-person services, such as visiting a financial institution to apply for a credit product. This is often a lengthy process, one in which the user must submit various forms of documentation to confirm their identity. Alternatively, this process can also be completed online.

Users create Digital Lockboxes, in which they are able to share and manage their digital assets, review transaction history and report problems. This service is not limited to only mobile devices, as SecureKey’s collaboration with Intel Corporation offers the option for consumers to verify their identity directly from a laptop or desktop, with additional privacy and security.   

Key findings from the research stress the fact that Networks must prioritize speed and efficiency when processing transactions. This would also allow for a seamless user experience. Furthermore, these findings provide an opportunity to inform the Pan-Canadian Trust Framework.  

“At SecureKey, we believe that the strongest approach to solving the problems of digital identity for consumers and businesses alike is an approach taken together. We are proud of the work we’ve been able to achieve alongside DIACC and our public and private sector partners to better Canadians’ digital lives,” said Serra.

About the Paper

The Information in this report is based on research funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate (DHS S&T). Any opinions contained herein are those of the performer and do not necessarily reflect those of DHS S&T.

This content of this white paper is developed under the governance of the DIACC International Applied Research program. The International Applied Research program connects innovators that align with the DIACC Digital Identity Ecosystem Principles with international applied research funding opportunities. The content of the paper was submitted by SecureKey and does not necessarily reflect those of the DIACC membership.

Identity in Action Case Study: BC Services Card

This week, the Province of B.C. released the Identity in Action Case Study: BC Services Card.  

Recognizing that now people are managing much of their daily lives online and on mobile devices, the province created the BC Services Card. Available when individuals apply for or renew their B.C. Driver’s Licence, the Card is a way for citizens to easily prove who they are in person, online and on mobile.

This multi-year effort is the result of collaboration with several other organizations, including Service BC, SecureKey Technologies and IBM. The journey began in 2007, when the Ministry of Citizens’ Services (CITZ) commenced their research on industry standards and trends.  

“Having a digital identity solution embedded in our service model for government means we will have a profound impact on the way citizens and businesses access government services,” said Beverly Dicks, Assistant Deputy Minister, Service BC.

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While the Cards have so far been used as a physical piece of secure government-issued ID, the long-term vision is for individuals to use them to prove their identity when they access services online, in person, or using mobile devices.

Below are some highlights from the case study:

  • Since the first BC Service Cards were issued in February 2013, there are now over 4.6 million in circulation
  • In April 2018, CITZ launched the first public-facing service with the BC Services Card, partnering with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training (AEST) to deliver StudentAid BC services
  • The province is seeing a huge demand for the card, with more than 90% of British Columbians as current Cardholders

“This is a pivotal moment in the lifecycle of the BC Services Card,” said Sophia Howse, Executive Director, BC Provincial Identity Information Management Program. “We are excited to unlock the true value of the card by delivering trusted digital services to businesses, citizens, and the broader public sector.”