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Face the Challenge: Singapore’s Solution to Digital ID Verification

– Global Government Forum

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  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 27 November 2020

How Singapore is using facial recognition to authenticate its citizens while protecting privacy

Singapore’s national identity scheme allows people to access government and other services, and has partnered with iProov to enable citizens to be authenticated with facial recognition. In this recap of a recent webinar, government officials explain that security was at the forefront of the technology’s implementation:

“GovTech’s rigorous attempts to “break the system” as part of its technology selection process demonstrated that iProov’s unique and patented methodology is possibly the most hack-proof available today.”

There are bound to be concerns from the public about the privacy implications of the government’s facial recognition technology, such as whether the data could ever be used for another purpose. But the speakers emphasise the care that is taken to protect people’s information:

The firewalls form an impermeable barrier separating two aspects of an individual’s personal data. On the one side are iProov’s scan and the processed biometric data; on the other – in this case in the SingPass domain – is the user’s full digital identity

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