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Digital Identity Plans, Public and Private Sector Roles Taking Shape in the Netherlands and Panama

– Biometric Update

How the Netherlands and Panama are taking very different approaches to their new identity systems

This article outlines the two countries’ plans, how Amsterdam is hoping to create a government-issued identity system that will enable data sharing and online access to public services, while Panama is taking an alternate route by partnering with Mastercard to implement its digital ID vision.

The Netherland's government official, Wouter Welling, explains that by putting ID schemes in the hands of the public sector, it can be more easily ensured that privacy and inclusivity are built into the technology.

"Welling points out that the greater value of digital identity is from data exchanges, such as signing digital contracts, rather than the access control application that people typically associate digital ID with."

Meanwhile, Panama's partnership with Mastercard - the first of its kind in Latin America - will combine the capabilities and experience of an industry leader to drive digital acceleration in areas including commerce, social benefit sharing, transportation, and economic development.

Mastercard’s Digital Allies platform will be made available to promote digital payments, multi-modal access cards will be issued for transit payments, and data and analytics will be provided to promote a recovery in the tourism sector, when appropriate

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