13 Oct 2021

Digital identity service providers' concerns over RealMe and new legislation

From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 13 October 2021
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Photo: UnSplash, 123 RF, RealMe

The need to prove you are who you say you are has increased in the digital era - and anyone wanting a vaccine "passport" is going to have to go through the process. In order to access their vaccination records and certificate, people will have to go via the government's RealMe service or sign up for a new My Health Account. RealMe - run by Internal Affairs -  is one of a number of providers offering digital identity verification, but there are concerns the department will also play the role of regulator too, with new legislation introduced to Parliament. The Digital Identity Services Trust Framework Bill will set up the legal structure for providing secure and trusted digital identity services for people and organisations. Kathryn speaks with Colin Wallis, incoming executive director of Digital Identity NZ and James Brown, Director of Global Partnerships with APLYiD.