Wouldn’t it be nice not to remember passwords anymore and just access any services with your face, fingerprint or iris scan? Digital ID is the way of the future as more services are consolidating their login system or ID verification process. All identification documents are verified and processed at a central area usually by a government entity. I am intrigued on finding out more on Digital ID. From various sources, below are my findings.
- It is seamless. One password to access all products and services.
- You have control over the amount of detail to release to a vendor.
- It is transparent. You are able to trace who is checking on your profile.
- According to Australia Post research, “It save cost and time on existing identity verification process by AUD $11 billion per year.”
- May not have privacy as vendors can access to your profile, if you accidentally allow it.
- Big data can be collected from individual online behaviour to profile that individual. Example, Google tracks your web search results and YouTube views so that they can cross sell products or recommend YouTube videos to you.
- Centralised storage of Digital ID makes a honeypot target for hackers. “If a hacker has access to this central database, everyone is compromised” said Benjamin Goh, Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Commentary by Maverick Chung