The Department of Internal Affairs, New Zealand, is developing new Standards and Guidance around identification management.
This is because we increasingly need to be able to prove to others we are who we say we are and make it difficult for anyone else to claim to be us. It’s not just with online transactions, there’s a growing need generally to have secure and trusted processes to protect our identity and personal information.
The Standards will describe best practice for identification processes, including when a person enrols into a service for the first time, and the process or means by which they can be recognised when they return to use that service.
The new Standards replace the current paper-based Evidence of Identity and Authentication Standards first written in 2006. These were the first such Standards in the world, but they’re complex, difficult to follow and starting to date. We want to make these ones much easier to use, so we’re seeking feedback.
The new Standards and Guidelines will exist online so they can be easily updated to keep pace with our fast-changing world. The overarching principles guiding development of the new Standards support privacy - minimal data collection, New Zealand’s position not to require citizens to have national ID numbers, and are ‘channel and technology-neutral’ – so there is consistency across channels and robustness where technologies change rapidly.
We’re seeking feedback from far afield. While the Standards and Guidelines are being written for New Zealand they can apply anywhere, so we could lead on this again.
The consultation process involves five 12-week sprints to cover specific areas. It takes place online using the Loomio platform, which has pre-loaded question threads to help people through the process.
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Joanne Knight | Senior Advisor (Identification Standards) | Service Innovation
Service & System Transformation (SST) Te Kōtui Whitiwhiti
The Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua
Direct Dial: +64 4 382 3596 | Extn: 4596
45 Pipitea St | PO Box 805, Wellington 6140, New Zealand | www.dia.govt.nz