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Digital IDs Becoming Serious Business in Australia – But Remain a ‘Hard Sell’

– Techwire Asia

The Australian government plans to make digital ID widespread

Australia’s Digital Transformation Agency hopes to offer myGovID by the end of this year, which will allow citizens to use a digital ID to access government services online.

“With the type of information digital IDs can hold, it becomes more than just an identity verification tool, and can be used for various transactions in daily life.”

The goal is for the ID to be linked to biometrics, such as facial recognition, in order to increase security. However, amid privacy concerns and a delay in the app’s release due to functionality issues, it’s feared uptake will be slow.

Digital ID initiatives will have to be smart in elevating the benefits over privacy concerns, but DTA digital identity head Jonathon Thorpe admitted that embracing digital IDs would be a “hard sell with everyday Australians”, until they start experiencing and judging the benefits for themselves

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