Prepare for Australia’s Online Biometric ID Beta Test

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Australia’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) said it expects the biometric component of its myGovID program to be ready for a public beta test rollout later this year.

“The thing we’ve been thinking a lot about is implementing the biometrics features to ensure the facial verification service is working as intended,” DTA CEO Randall Brugeaud said before going on to say the agency was working. to ensure that the quality of the biometric system was “exactly where it needs to be” before its public release.

Brugeaud said that although the system works as expected, it is still not ready for production.

“We are working through a set of technical issues…in order to assign an identity that has a biometric anchor – we want to make sure that the person who is granted that identity is entitled to it,” Brugeaud added.

DTA chief data officer Peter Alexander added that the agency is focused on getting the system running as required before rushing into a launch.

“A lot of people use their iPhones and their various devices and use their face to access it, but the difference is that it’s biometrically anchored to your device, it’s a photo you’ve taken that matches that, we’re talking to match it with your passport or driver’s license, this one-on-one game,” he said.

Australia’s myGovID is a digital identity verification program that allows registered citizens to authenticate their identity through their mobile device when accessing government services online, rather than being continually verified by each individual Commonwealth entity.

The addition of biometric authentication capabilities to the program aims to make it safer and more convenient for users to verify their identity using mobile devices already capable of biometric authentication.

To date, just over A$210 million has been spent on the myGovID program, and the myGovID app has been downloaded 492,936 times.

Both Brugeaud and Alexander said the scope of what can possibly be accessed using myGovID is “significant”.

This is exemplified by a request made by the Australian House of Representatives earlier this week recommending that the DTA be tasked with creating standards for the program with regards to implementing age verification for viewing pornographic content. in line.

Source: ZD Net

(Originally posted on FindBiometrics)

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