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|Why Digital IDs have never been so relevant|
|Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:15:58 AM|
The current pandemic has touched many aspects of our lives, causing a great disruptions with the delivery of public and private services happening mostly online, which means that the need for fast and secure identification to safely access to these eServices has become an absolute necessity.
While pre-pandemic, digital identities (IDs) were mainly adopted by those who enjoyed the ease and convenience of online services , the current situation that has put billions of citizens around the world under a strict lockdown has meant that today everyone could benefit from the service.
As most of us are confined at home to keep up with social distancing policies, all of our interactions with the outside world are being done thanks to the internet – we can work from home, stay informed, keep in touch with our friends/ family, engage with public and private service providers and fill in all necessary admin forms online (birth registration, ID doc renewal, social benefits application form, unemployment registration, etc…). However, this increase in online interactions and transactions has unfortunately triggered a wave of fraudulent activity. Hackers are taking advantage of the current uncertainty to send out more phishing messages than usual, with varying degrees of sophistication. As such, being able to operate online safely and quickly, correctly identifying people, authenticating and authorising tasks and transactions, has never been so relevant.
How can Trusted Digital IDs help?
Why are digital IDs so relevant?
Digital IDs have become imperative for governments to build-in the necessary operational resiliency to survive this new reality, while maintaining the delivery of public services and equip citizens with a trusted technology which will protect them from ID theft and secure their basic rights. The current pandemic is clearly showcasing the value of IT and digital transformation, and governments should use this time to accelerate their eGovernment services digitalisation.
In countries where governments have already embraced digital platforms, civil servants can also work remotely from their homes, which helps to effectively combat the spread of the virus without interrupting public services. In Estonia, for instance, which is one of the most digitally advanced countries in Europe, 99% of public services are available online 24/7, meaning that access to services remains easy and fluid even during a crisis.
Unfortunately, with the sanitary crisis, physical interactions are not secure and trusted anymore, and the incredible shift to digital has meant that it is even more crucial that we secure those online interactions to keep trust in our services and systems.
The current pandemic will most likely accelerate the digitalisation of public services as well as the deployment of Trusted Digital IDs. Alan Goode, from Goode Intelligence market research, specialised in identity verification, forecasted in one of his latest blogs a +20% uptake: ‘Back in May 2019, I predicted that just over 704 million digital identity verification checks would be made during 2020 around the world. As a result of the COVID-19 crisis and with businesses increasingly reliant on ‘remote’ technology to verify identity and to quickly onboard people to digital services, I believe that this forecast needs to increase – probably by an additional 15-20 percent.’
Such move from government authorities would prepare citizens for a brighter future with more public and private services available online, better cost efficiency and convenience and less queuing at admin desks – as well as numerous other benefits. This all helps us save precious time to take better care of one another, and stay safe while staying tuned.