The Government Digital Service awarded a contract worth as much as £9 million (US$11.8 million) to business and government consulting giant Deloitte to build a digital ID app. The service contract covers a two-year period.
In a severe blow to privacy activists, a US federal court dismissed litigation challenging the U.S. Postal Service’s (“USPS”) use of facial recognition and related technologies to collect personal data, finding that the group which filed the claims lacked standing.
There has also been growing momentum for a national digital ID program in Canada. The Canadian Bankers Association recently advocated for the creation of a federated identity system, while the DIACC has published a Pan-Canadian Trust Framework in an effort to establish comprehensive standards for digital IDs within the country.
More than 8.2 million Pakistanis abroad who hold the National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) have registered with the National Database and Registration Authority of Pakistan (NADRA) as new features are rolled out, while pensioners will now have to prove they are still alive every six months with a biometric check at a bank branch.