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The latest on Canada’s Digital ID

  Dan Fournier

As Canadians increasingly look for security in the digital landscape, two major players have emerged in the conception, design, and development of Canada’s Digital ID — including one with close ties to the World Economic Forum (WEF).

There’s the private Canadian corporation Trulioo, a tech outfit with critical partners like Equifax and TransUnion, two of Canada’s biggest credit-rating agencies. It provides various verification services for governments and businesses, such as Age Verification and Know Your Customer.

It’s also affiliated with the WEF, a globalist think tank many regards with suspicion and disdain. According to its website, Trulioo was selected as a “technology pioneer,” meaning it will be invited to WEF events, activities and initiatives. Over the next two years, it will work “with policymakers and private sector leaders to help define the global agenda on key issues.”

There’s also the Digital Identification and Authentication Council of Canada, or DIACC, a non-profit coalition of private and public sector participants.

The two outfits are collaborating on the Pan-Canadian Trust Framework to build trust with Canadians.

Canada’s Privacy Commissioner Philippe Dufresne said, “The development and implementation of a digital ID ecosystem is a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate how innovation and privacy protection can coexist.”

“Government should be open and transparent enough about the defined purposes of the digital identity systems, what personal information will be used, how and by whom,” the commissioner continued.

Of course, the Government of Canada also wants to streamline how it authenticates individuals to access its services securely.

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