When the Internet was created over 30 years ago, no one thought of digital identities. Password-protected accounts were enough of a mechanism to distinguish people online. At that time the main goal was effective data transfer and not the credibility of data. But now, the latter has become a foundation for the concept of e-identity.
In 2019 we heard a lot about e-identity implementations. In most cases, there were issues with the single sign-on method, i.e. services such as “Login with Facebook, Google, etc.” Citizen identities stored in gigantic databases are not a scalable solution for a simple reason: the more complex such a system is, the more difficult it is to ensure its security.
How technology is changing our reality
The most important question in the era of ubiquitous Internet usage is: how can we trust someone we don’t know, who we don’t see and who we do not meet in person? This has been subject to studies for some time now. Thanks to the knowledge gained, we can imagine a world where a user’s identity and the devices acting on his or her behalf can be immediately and securely verified, and in which access is obtained without password and data is exchanged only with the consent of the consumer.
Digital identities will give customers new opportunities to interact online with companies, product and service providers, and their respective communities. Thanks to all this online shopping, opening a bank account or submitting a tax return will become even easier. These new systems will also improve the use of e-mail and social media. They will also reduce the risks of fraud and identity theft.
Digital IDs are still inherently exposed to risks that apply to other digital technologies. These include data breaches and cyber-intrusions, system failures, or concerns over control and misuse of personal data.
Let’s sum up
2019 was a spectacular year for digital identity, as it has seen the creation of a rather huge number of systems and applications. The trend is surely not going to slow down! This is good news for those institutions that want to implement digital identities and related online services. It is also something that will shape modernization processes in the future.