Take common legal identification tools people use today and rethink them, e.g. driver’s licenses, identity cards and national identity cards
Convert them to NFC devices with common data and security standards
Extend the use of these types of tools to include infants, children, people requiring power of attorney, etc.
Enable parents, legal guardians and people with power of attorney to be able to legally manage the person’s legal identity on their behalf
Create common digital standards for a legal phone application for driver’s licenses, identity cards and national identity cards
Enable authoritative sources for the legal identity to be able to write private keys to the NFC cards, e.g. Civil Registration Vital Statistics systems, provincial/state identity systems and/or national identity system
Full legal name, etc.
Also, a legal anonymous identity, showing they’re a human and above or below age of consent
Enable health authoritative health authority systems to be able to write a private key to the NFC card plus Covid vaccination status in a QR type code
Then design a secure synchronization between the NFC card to the legal digital application
Creating a global legal SSI identity test institute continually producing threat assessments against the governance, business processes, technological infrastructure and user legal SSI physical/digital interfaces
All jurisdictions would then respond in a similar manner, e.g. very low risk might take months or longer to respond to, while a very high risk would be responded to within hours
This brings industry best practices to the world of legal identity
Isn’t the solution too complicated, taking a long time to roll-out?
Many jurisdictions are currently deploying digital drivers licenses and/or national ID cards
We’re proposing quickly adopting global standards for them, and leveraging this to quickly deploy uniform implementations of a global digital LSSI standard
We’re also proposing expanding this to allow for a legal anonymous LSSI allowing a person to legally, anonymously prove they’re a human and above or below age of consent
The Covid vaccinations will take months to roll-out
This allows jurisdictions time to plan a phased replacement of existing physical identity cards with NFC ones
It also allows time for jurisdictions to create certificate authorities for their CRVS, driver’s license, national Identity systems and health care systems with the ability to write private keys to the physical NFC cards plus QR type code information
What if we want to deploy a rapid Covid test response identity solution almost immediately?
It’s possible to leverage digital driver’s licenses, identity cards and/or national ID cards to deliver an interim digital only solution
This needs to be carefully through before leaping to the design/implementation, i.e.
Any short-term solution must be secure, ensure privacy and ladder into the proposed final solution
How will this be designed addressing kids et al?
What about infants, kids, people requiring others to legally manage their affairs? Isn’t this complicated to deploy?
Yes, it’s new, but we have months to design the solution prior to the roll-out of the Covid vaccine
By designing global standards for this, jurisdictions can take this and then implement It, rather than having to design their own solution on their own
Why can’t we simply use a digital solution?
The cryptocurrency marketplace has many stories of successful hacks by criminals against people personal private key stores. Industry is now developing offline storage devices for the private keys where the private key never leaves the physical device. The proposal suggested in this email leverages this type of design
Many people don’t have access to technology. The proposed solution enables them to be in control of their identity and vaccination information using a physical device
Why do I need a legal self-sovereign identity?
It puts you in control of your legal identity information from birth onwards, i.e. you control the information and the government gets out of your way in when, where and how you decide to use it
This ranges from choosing to anonymously show you’re a human and above or below age of consent, through to releasing portions of your legal identity, e.g. name and gender, to releasing your full identity information e.g. including where you live, phone number, etc.
It puts you in control over how you decide to show your Covid vaccination, i.e. you can show it anonymously or, decide to release portions of your legal identity information
It works virtually as well as physically, potentially anywhere on the planet
Thus, you can use the information to digitally prove who you are as well as physically
How else can I use my new legal SSI?
You can use it to show you’re of age of consent, without having to release your full identity information
It can also be used in identifying yourself to potential employers, government agencies, etc.
Why will business like the use of legal SSI?
They’ll be able to tell if they’re dealing with a bot or a human
It enables them to serve you offering age restricted items or access, either physically or digitally
Reduces the cost from cybercrime and identity theft
What are the advantages to governments by deploying the proposed solution?
Create a legal way of determining who’s been Covid vaccinated which works globally, physically and digitally
Leverage existing forms of legal identification they already have, e.g. driver’s licenses, identity cards and/or national identity cards
People, businesses and government agencies already understand these forms of identification
Reduce flow of misinformation caused by AI bots masquerading as people by providing means for a person to demonstrate they’re a human and not a bot, as well as, at their discretion, releasing portions of their legal identity
Reduce the rapidly growing amount of cybercrime and identity theft by strengthening legal identity