OECD Recommendation on Digital Identity

OECD Recommendation: “…Recommends that Adherents prioritise inclusion and minimise barriers to access to and the use of digital identity. To this effect, Adherents should: 

 1. Promote accessibility, affordability, usability, and equity across the digital identity lifecycle in order to increase access to a secure and trusted digital identity solution, including by vulnerable groups and minorities in accordance with their needs; 

2. Take steps to ensure that access to essential services, including those in the public and private sector is not restricted or denied to natural persons who do not want to, or cannot access or use a digital identity solution; 

3. Facilitate inclusive and collaborative stakeholder engagement throughout the design, development, and implementation of digital identity systems, to promote transparency, accountability, and alignment with user needs and expectations; 

4. Raise awareness of the benefits and secure uses of digital identity and the way in which the digital identity system protects users while acknowledging risks and demonstrating the mitigation of potential harms; 

5. Take steps to ensure that support is provided through appropriate channel(s), for those who face challenges in accessing and using digital identity solutions, and identify opportunities to build the skills and capabilities of users; 

6. Monitor, evaluate and publicly report on the effectiveness of the digital identity system, with a focus on inclusiveness and minimising the barriers to the access and use of digital identity…

Recommends that Adherents take a strategic approach to digital identity and define roles and responsibilities across the digital identity ecosystem…(More)”.