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Better Identity in America: A Blueprint for Policymakers

– The Better Identity Coalition

This report compiled by the Better Identity Coalition members takes decision-makers through practical better digital identity solutions that empower them to decide what information they share, when they share it, and in what contexts - particularly online

Through a practical blueprint for decision-makers in charge of identity policy decisions, Better Identity Coalition – an organization focused on developing and advancing consensus-driven, cross-sector policy solutions that promote the development and adoption of better solutions for online identity verification and authentication – outlines why and how systems in the United States for verifying and protecting identities online need to be modernized.

“The lack of an easy, secure, reliable way for entities to verify identities or attributes of people they are dealing with online creates friction in commerce, leads to increased fraud and theft, degrades privacy, and hinders the availability of many services online.”

It also explains the coalitions efforts for advancing cybersecurity in the American market, bringing businesses and people to the fore.

Through examples of what Americans can expect and look forward to in the future if recommendations are taken on board, Better Identity Coalition envisions a different way forward for the American cybersecurity industry and consumers.

Coalition members outline five “common-sense initiatives” that policy makers can take on board immediately to ensure Better Identity:

  • Prioritize the development of next-generation remote identity proofing and verification systems
  • Change the way America uses the Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Promote and prioritize the use of strong authentication
  • Pursue international coordination and harmonization
  • Educate consumers and businesses about better identity

Full recommendations for these initiatives are available in the report.

Better identity solutions could not only address concerns with security and fraud, but also improve privacy and enable new types of trusted services to be offered to a wider swath of Americans online

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