Digital iD begins roll out in Australia

Australian Post has announced plans to introduce its new Digital iD technology. Digital iD allows people to verify their identity information once and then use the verification to access and number of online services.

The Digital iD scheme is to work across a number of government departments and companies.

According to Australia Post: “This removes the need for Australians to repeatedly use several forms of identity to prove who they are or have numerous passwords to access products and services.”

Service providers adopting Australia Post’s identity platform include job outsourcing site, Airtasker; Australia’s largest credit union, CUA; foreign exchange company Travelex; and Queensland Police Service.

Australia Post Executive General Manager Trusted eCommerce Services, Andrew Walduck, said : “By using Digital ID these organisations will be able to easily verify their customers and importantly for customers they will be able to quickly open a bank account or request a service.

“Our new Digital iD platform also gives people more control over the personal data they share with organisations. For example, most people hand over their driver’s licence to prove they can legally go to a bar, but all that is needed is a name and birth date – not that information plus your full residential address.”

Walduck added: “We have already integrated Digital iD with our own products and services including MyPost Parcel Collect and our Mail Redirection Service and have received positive feedback from our customers.”

Amongst other organisations, Airtasker is using Digital iD to allow users to obtain what is known as an ‘identity badge’. This proves who they are and strengthens trust in their service. Meanwhile CUA is using the technology to verify new members who are applying for certain savings accounts online or via their mobile device. This enables more people to work with the credit union without physically visiting a branch.
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