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Digital Identity Initiatives in North America

In this article we introduce five Digital Identity initiatives currently in progress in North America. Corporations, federal governments, and state governments each have been exploring different possibilities. Based on the growing interest in digital identity and finance, we can expect more such programs to emerge over the coming years.

The Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC)

DIACC is a non-profit coalition of public and private sector leaders committed to developing a Canadian digital identification and authentication framework to enable Canada’s full and secure participation the global digital economy. One of their primary objectives is to provide the framework to develop a robust, secure, scalable and privacy enhancing digital identification and authentication ecosystem that will decrease costs for governments, consumers, and business while improving service delivery and driving GDP growth.

“There is a BIG difference, between transparent consent driven digital ID systems — where users provide explicit consent for specific data collection and use — and covert digital ID models where data is captured and shared without users’ knowledge or consent.” — Joni Brennan, President, DIACC MyAlberta Digital ID (MADI)

MyAlberta Digital ID is managed by the Ministry of Service Alberta and officially backed by the Government of Alberta. MyAlberta Digital ID was setup to make it easier for Albertans to access government products & services online. It provides access to general e-services, health records, student aid, and tax credit programs. It also gives Albertans a secure way to verify who they are online without paper documents or face-to-face visits, while protecting their information and privacy.

Colorado Digital IDTM

On October 30, 2019, the governor of Colorado announced the launch of Colorado Digital ID in the myColorado mobile app, the State of Colorado’s official mobile app. The Colorado Digital...

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