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Social Security Numbers, Their Role, and Their Place in the Future

When last year’s massive Equifax breach exposed the Social Security numbers (SSNs) of more than 145 million Americans, the role of the SSN in identity came into question. Should SSNs be removed altogether from identity proofing and authentication? What alternatives can identity providers use in lieu of SSNs? CEO Blake Hall appeared at KNOW … Continued

Killing Social Security Numbers Will Make Identity Problems Worse

  “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” – Proverbs 22:1 As the proverb notes, identity is a matter of public record. And our public reputations matter quite a lot – socially as well as economically. That is why the debate to kill or … Continued

5 Digital Identity Trends to Look Out for in 2018

Serious change awaits the digital identity market in 2018. The magnitude of the Equifax data breach served as a wake-up call to consumers, the media, and policy makers that the status quo for digital identity is inadequate. Simultaneously, innovations in biometrics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence introduce new ways of proving who we are while … Continued

Moving Beyond Social Security Numbers Part 3: Tokenizing Identities or the Credit Card 2.0 Model for Identity

Credit and debit cards form an interesting, basic model for identity. Banks have regulatory requirements to verify the identities of their customers and must, by law, gather three of four data elements: Name, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, and Address. To complete payments through cards, banks realized they needed to represent their customers’ identities … Continued

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