2018: A year in review - Looking forward to collaborating in 2019


Dear colleagues,

We’re looking forward to collaborating closely with our colleagues and partners in 2019 to create a more secure world where legal, trusted identity empowers citizens to access services and exercise their rights.



Last year marked some significant milestones in the journey to enabling governments to provide reliably verified and authenticated official identities that allow citizens to participate in social, economic, political and cultural life.

However, despite significant progress, one billion people around the globe are still unable to prove their identity – and as a result are unable to access health, social protection and education programs, or even open a bank account.

In 2018, we worked closely with a number of public, private and non-government organizations to foster international collaboration on the issues of legal identity and help shaping policy. 

We also worked tirelessly to further the adoption of robust legal and technical frameworks that enable governments to build ‘privacy by design’ into their digital identity ecosystems to better protect citizens and give them greater control over their personal data.

If you missed them, here are just a few of our highlights from 2018:

  • Open Source API published on GitHub

    In September, the SIA published its Open Source API on Github, which for the first time enables technical interoperability between civil registries and identity systems. This landmark initiative represents a major step towards reducing the costs of establishing and maintaining national identity systems – enabling otherwise non-compatible ID systems to ‘talk to one another’. Something that will enable governments to maximize the value of their existing infrastructure and invest in new solutions without fear of integration problems or single vendor dependency or ‘lock in’.


  • World Bank ID4D Initiative

    The SIA was happy to contribute to the World Bank’s ID4D Catalog of Technical Standards for Digital Identification Systems, which serves as a reference and guide for all stakeholders involved with digital identification systems. This includes details of the technical standards required to assure the security and quality of robust ID systems that are both scalable and interoperable.
  • New eDocuments evaluation tools 

    Last year we released version 3 of eSAM, a unique self-assessment tool that enables public sector organizations to evaluate the integrity of their e-document issuance programs : https://secureidentityalliance.org/sia-tools/esam

    We also launched a new free tool - the eSEC - on our website which enables issuers and manufacturers to benchmark and verify the security features and risk profiles of different document types – making it possible to evaluate if the security measures in place are appropriate and viable for the intended lifetime of the document : https://secureidentityalliance.org/sia-tools/esec

    The eSEC tool supports the development of a ‘common criteria’ approach for the development of security features for passports, identity cards, driving licenses and similar identity-based eDocuments. To access these convenient and easy-to-use tools, simply go to www.secureidentityalliance.org.


  • eHealth

    In partnership with COCIR (European coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry), we published Identity in Healthcare – A Key Enabler to Integrated Care, which provides key insights and recommendations on how to address the ID and security challenges facing the health sector, especially in relation to compliance with GDPR requirements.

As we prepare to continue our work supporting the provision of legal, trusted identity for all – helping to shape global identity policy, providing technical and implementation guidance, and driving the development of a new generation of inclusive digital services that will underpin sustainable worldwide economic growth and prosperity – we look forward to engaging with a growing number public, private and non-government organizations.

If you’d like to meet and talk through some of the topical issues relating to the fast-evolving global identification challenge, we’re always open to sharing insights and learning from others.

Throughout 2019 we’ll be participating at a number of upcoming events – why not find us and introduce yourself?

Yours sincerely,

Frédéric Trojani,
Chairman of the Board

Secure Identity Alliance