Canada's digital ID system could use biometrics, blockchain

16/01/19

Officials in Canadian Bankers Association says the country has to develop a digital ID system that could use blockchain, biometrics and document review over a live video connection.

The association’s chief executive, Neil Parmenter, said that the need for digital identification “will only grow more urgent” as Ottawa explores the possibilities of open banking, the payments system is modernized and blockchain and artificial intelligence move into “new frontiers," reported The Star.

He said that moving away from a paper-based, face to face process towards a modern identification system of this kind is needed to “unlock the full potential” of the digital revolution that is underway.

Parmenter says the CBA is calling for a “federated” model of digital identification which would create linkages between federal and provincial systems, which hold information such as social insurance and drivers’ licences, respectively.

He says this digital identification system, which the CBA previously outlined in a white paper, could make it possible to authenticate an individual’s identity electronically using multiple digital reference points from different systems.

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