Malaysian and Philippine Governments to Pursue Digital Identity Expansions

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By Sam Gazeley | 4Q 2021 | IN-6326


Digital Identity Ecosystems in Malaysia


The government of Malaysia intends to introduce a digital identity in order for citizens to access online services and transactions. The current intent is for citizens to perform digital identification and authentication and leverage contemporary biometric technologies such as face, fingerprint, and iris recognition when authenticating online in an effort to cut down on the risk of identity fraud. Currently, the government of Malaysia plans to roll out this project in 2024, though it is worth noting that the digital ID is not expected to replace the physical MyKad national ID card and will act as a companion as is typically seen with mobile/digital ID expansions.

With a digital ID in place, verification of citizens that possess the physical MyKad credential can be streamlined and crucially will assure public confidence that the Malaysian government is providing a secure ID verification system that strengthens citizen-to-government and government-to-citizen communication. As an addition to the digital ID platform that is being developed, the Malaysian government is seeking to …

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