Digital IDs find key partners in UK, China, ethereum: Friday Deal Book for 12/29/2017

OWI’s Friday Deal Book provides you with a weekly roundup of partnerships, funding, and product announcements in the identity industry. This week, we close out the year with some key digital identity partnerships. Here’s a quick peek at what you need to know for the week ending Dec. 29, 2017.

O2 opts for Danal in UK digital ID play

British wireless provider O2 hopes its alignment with Danal will help address growing demand for mobile identity services in the U.K. Together, they will serve digital know-your-customer needs, as well as identity proofing for regulated online services. Mobile identity company Danal will manage the service from its EU-based regional office. As of the end of 2016, O2 had 25.5 million customers. [Read more]

China links up with WeChat for digital IDs

The digital ID landscape is playing out differently in the Far East, where the Chinese government has leveraged popular social networking service WeChat to verify citizen identities, and provide proof of identity for various services. The Tencent-owned service has 902 million active daily users, most of them in China. The pilot program for the new digital ID will begin in Guangzhou, before debuting across China as soon as January. [Read more]

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance launches member groups in digital ID, energy, multiplatform operability

Rounding out the trio of digital ID moves this week was the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, which announced a trio of new member-driven working groups, one of which is specific to digital identity. The EEA seeks to integrate the ethereum blockchain into the enterprise sector, researching security and privacy. In all, the EEA now has 17 working groups, each with a specific task of developing ethereum-based technology. The latest groups are known as the Digital Identity Working Group, the Energy Working Group, and the MultiPlatform Working Group. [Read more]