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How Governments Can Deliver on the Promise of Digital ID

– McKinsey & Company

  • Report
  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 4 September 2020

A report outlining the steps governments can take to implement digital identity

Around the world, 165 digital identity schemes have been launched, but adoption rates are low. This report looks at how digital ID can appeal to users, arguing that it should be controlled by governments rather than private companies, and explains the benefits in terms of efficiency and cost saving.

“A functional digital ID is a big step toward a digital society, in which individuals and organizations can trust each other online.”

The report states that interoperability is a crucial quality of digital ID, which should be usable across public and private sectors, as well as different jurisdictions. It says that no matter how much care is placed on security, there is always a risk of cybercrime or data leaks, and governments must work to build user trust.

Governments can help do so by adopting a “privacy-by-design” approach, which establishes fundamental protections of privacy and data security. This approach could include carefully planning data collection, creating high standards for data storage to guard against intrusions, and mandating user consent for all personal data use

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