Secure Identity Alliance to tackle interoperability and vendor lock-in at Identity Week 2019

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Focus this year includes ID ecosystem evolution, eDocument security and the role of biometrics in identity


Paris, 5th June 2019. Secure Identity Alliance (SIA), the global identity and secure digital services advisory body, and a strategic partner of Identity Week 2019, will address the complex issues of interoperability and harmonisation of sovereign identity systems at this year’s Identity Week Conference in London.

While the deployment of national ID systems is a positive force for social protection, national security and economic development, the rapid pace of change has led to a complex mix of multiple registries across different agencies, each performing different functions.


On an operational level, this lack of interoperability makes it impossible to exchange, consult or update data between systems, drives up management costs and hinders the development of cohesive ID ecosystems. Crucially, it risks locking sovereign ID schemes into particular technologies and vendors – an issue of increasing concern for governments around the world.


Driving interoperability in ID systems – Tuesday 11th June – 10.15

Debora Comparin, Chair, Open API Working Group, Secure Identity Alliance, will discuss these issues and the Alliance’s work in driving interoperability across identity ecosystems in the session entitled “Policy, Practice and Technology: Implementing Transformative Identity” on day one (Tuesday 11th June) of the conference at 10:15.


The future of eDocuments – Thursday 13th June – 11.10

Petri Viljanen, eDocuments Working Group Member, Secure Identity Alliance, will deliver a presentation exploring the evolution and continued importance of physical and eDocuments – both as a practical, daily proof of identity, and as a bridge to online identities. It will also explore the key criteria in designing secure eDocuments and building secure and cost-efficient infrastructures. The presentation will take place on day 3 (Thursday, 13th June) in the “Security Features Fit for the Future” track, which starts at 11:10.


Biometrics in Identity - Thursday 13th June – 11.10

Secure Identity Alliance will also be launching and presenting its latest paper “Biometrics in Identity: Building Inclusive Futures and protecting Civil Liberties”. This detailed best practice guide seeks to support European policy makers when planning and implementing biometrically-enhanced identity programmes and associated services. The presentation will take place on Thursday 13th June at 11.10 in the Knowledge Theater.



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About the Secure Identity Alliance
Secure Identity Alliance is dedicated to supporting the provision of legal, trusted identity for all, and to drive the development of inclusive digital services necessary for sustainable, worldwide economic growth and prosperity.
We believe legal, trusted identity is the cornerstone of rights protection, social inclusion and digital economic development - and the access point to a wide range of essential public and private services.
We bring together public, private and non-government organizations to foster international collaboration on the issues of legal identity, to help shaping policy and to provide technical and implementation guidance for national and international ID systems.
Its Board Members are De La Rue, Gemalto – a Thales Company, Idemia, IN Groupe and Veridos.
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