Security

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Designed with your security in mind

The Digital Identity system has been designed with your security in mind. The system
includes security features based on rigorous assessments and testing.

Biometric security

Using biometrics, like your face, to prove who you are online is quick, easy, convenient and reliable. Because biometric information is more difficult to forge than identity documents, it is an important security feature of a digital system and helps stop identity crime.

Biometric matching can be used for a variety of purposes, but in the case of a Digital Identity, it is only used to help verify that an individual is a true and live person. It is a secure, convenient and reliable way to check a person is who they claim to be.

Example of biometrics being captured on a smartphone by taking a photo of identity documents

Participant accreditation

Organisations that want to be involved in running the Digital Identity system must be accredited under the system’s Trusted Digital Identity Framework. To achieve accreditation, organisations must demonstrate they meet strict requirements for privacy protection, security, risk management and fraud control. Accreditation is checked annually by the Australian Government.

Strong governance

The Digital Identity system is currently governed by an interim Oversight Authority which has a broad range of powers relating to safety, reliability and the efficient operation of the system. The Oversight Authority is responsible for: 

  • accreditation, approval, suspensions and termination of participants 
  • monitoring and compliance  
  • inquiries and investigations of the system including (but not limited to) system incidents, fraud and security 
  • complaints and issues handling, including complaints from one participant about another participant.

How will this be addressed in the proposed legislation?

Protecting your data and biometric information currently relies on governing bodies, policies, procedures and the technical design of the Digital Identity system.

The Digital Identity legislation proposes to strengthen those protections and penalties by enshrining them in law. This requires new legislation.

Set it up once, and then reuse it whenever you are asked to prove who you are.

How to create your Digital Identity
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