Jumio, Microsoft enter alliance to support decentralised digital identity service

Identity verification firm Jumio has collaborated with Microsoft to integrate the latter’s Azure Active Directory (AD) verifiable credentials to Jumio’s platform.  

The partnership will provide self-service enrolment and fast onboarding of remote users for the online payments and identity verification company. Microsoft’s Azure AD is a cloud-based identity and access management system.

Jumio is a leading provider of AI-powered identity verification and electronic online payment solutions. The company claims its identity verification platform “empowers users to anchor their digital identity and verifiable credentials to a government-issued ID and a biometric selfie check.” The platform is based on more than 3,500 ID document types and is iBeta Level 2 certified for liveness detection.

According to Jumio, its integration with Microsoft Azure Active Directory verifiable credentials will extend its ‘verify once, use everywhere’ functionality across different organisations. To date, Jumio claims it has processed more than 300 million identity verifications.

Jumio said its identity verification platform’s verifiable credentials will allow firms to securely confirm information about a user – such as their professional and education certifications – while also enabling them to protect a customer’s privacy by not collecting and storing their personal data.

Companies will then be able to issue digital versions of a range of credentials, such as loyalty cards, government-issued paper documents and physical badges. Once a user is verified, such credentials can then be used to provide an identity across differing organizations to speed up user onboarding, secure app access or allow for a secure credential recovery experience.

Furthermore, when an end-user performs an identity verification for the first time using Jumio and Azure AD verifiable credentials, a unique digital certificate is then created in the user’s digital wallet. This certificate can then be used in future to verify a user’s identity without the requirement of a government ID scan and selfie.

Microsoft is currently working alongside a range of identity verification companies to bolster verifiability and strengthening the exchange of information. The firm’s Azure AD verifiable credentials is now available in public preview.

Jumio chief executive Robert Prigge said, “We are delighted to collaborate with Microsoft in defining the future of digital identity and to be part of Microsoft’s verified identity solution, enabling modern enterprises to add a critical layer of trust with decentralized and reusable digital identity.”

Microsoft partner director of program management, Identify Division Sue Bohn added, “Verifiable credentials will revolutionize the way we grant access to information. Organizations will be able to verify identity information quickly with solutions like Jumio Identity Verification, while individuals will be able to own and control their credentials.”

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