Legislation will enter Parliament later this year that will allow non-government entities to provide digital identification services to Australians. The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has been working on Australia’s digital identity system for a number of years, going live with myGovID — developed by the Australian Taxation Office — and accrediting an equivalent identity service from Australia Post in 2019. myGovID and the Australia Post Digital ID are essentially just forms of digital identification that then allow the user to access certain online services, such as the government’s online portal myGov. The digital identity system is touted by the government as a simple, safe, and secure way to verify identity online, as well as one allowing for better interaction with government services. But it also believes digital ID can “enable innovative digital sectors of the economy to flourish”. See also: More privacy conscious and not Australia Card 2.0: DTA defends digital identity play While the DTA has developed the Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF), which sets out the operating model for digital identity, it is a set of rules that only Australian government entities can follow — it can’t be applied to states and territories, or to the private sector…. Read full this story
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