Verified.Me, by SecureKey Technologies Inc., is a new Canadian service to help you verify your identity, so you can get things done fast online, in person and on the phone.1 Verified.Me helps you verify your identity quickly and securely from any iOS or Android smartphone, using personal information that you consent to share from your Connections. You always stay in control by choosing when to share your information and with whom, reducing unnecessary oversharing of personal information in order to access the services you want. The Verified.Me service is protected with strong security protocols to protect personal information from being identified, accessed or misused. Verified.Me uses blockchain technology to securely and privately transfer your personal information to trusted network participants, giving you easy access to the services you want, when you want them.
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Who are the Participants Involved
in the Verified.Me Service provided by SecureKey?
Verified.Me is a network solution for digital identity involving multiple participants working together to assist SecureKey in the operation of the Verified.Me service for eligible individuals wishing to conduct business in Canada.
The network underlying the Verified.Me service is operated and facilitated by the Network Owner, SecureKey Technologies Inc. In order to help ensure Verified.Me is as safe, private and useful as possible, the service is also supported by a variety of other parties called Network Participants. Network Participants include Identity & Data Providers (including participating Financial Institution IDPs, or “Service Hosts”, and other IDPs, or “Connections”) and Relying Parties (RPs, or “Service Providers”).
The easiest way to understand how these participants interact with you on Verified.Me is to think of Connections as the source or provider of your information, whereas Service Providers operate as the destination that receives your information with your consent in order to complete interactions with you.
Network Owner: The Network Owner of Verified.Me is SecureKey Technologies Inc. SecureKey operates the Network to facilitate the sharing of information – but is blind to the source (Connections) or destination (Service Providers) of all transactions. Verified.Me uses strong security protocols to protect personal information from being identified, accessed or misused, and has no access to the credentials you use to log in to your financial institution.
Network Participants: this category includes all participating organizations that a) generate or hold certain information about a user or b) request certain information from a user in order to facilitate interactions on the Verified.Me service:
- Financial Institution Identity & Data Providers (Financial Institutions, or “Service Hosts”) are seven of Canada’s major financial institutions that are responsible for helping to verify End Users wishing to access the Verified.Me service, and also for hosting the core components of the Network. To use Verified.Me, you will be required to select a financial institution with which you have an active and existing online banking relationship. Upon initial registration with Verified.Me, and prior to each subsequent use of the service, you will need to authenticate with your financial institution using your login credentials with that organization.
- Identity & Data Providers (IDPs), or “Connections”, are eligible organizations in Canada that participate in Verified.Me that generate or hold certain information about you. Examples of IDPs include financial institutions, credit bureaus, telecommunications providers and other eligible third parties.
– Current IDPs that participate in the Verified.Me network include the Financial Institution IDPs, EnStream and Equifax.
- Relying Parties (RPs), or “Service Providers”, are eligible organizations in Canada that participate in Verified.Me that ask you to provide certain information through Verified.Me to facilitate interactions with you, for example, to help verify your identity and/or eligibility for product or service offerings. Examples of anticipated Service Providers include financial institutions, telecommunications service providers (e.g., for account opening and service or device eligibility), online merchants (e.g., for hotel bookings) and other eligible Service Providers.
– Current Service Providers that participate in the Verified.Me network include Equifax, Notarius and Sun Life Financial.
Verified.Me offers a secure and convenient way to help Canadians verify their identities.
Verified.Me is a service offered by SecureKey Technologies Inc. The Verified.Me service was developed in cooperation with seven of Canada’s major financial institutions – BMO, CIBC, Desjardins, National Bank of Canada, RBC, Scotiabank and TD. The Verified.Me network continues to evolve, with plans of adding new identity providers and service providers to make your life easier.
Learn more about the roles the network participants play here.
“As Canadians increasingly turn to digital channels, it’s important to continue to develop solutions that create a more seamless way for Canadians to get access to the products and services they need. With Verified.Me, Canadians can now have an easier and more secure way to share their personal information, and it puts them in control to share that information when and how they want.” –Brett Pitts, Chief Digital Officer, BMO Financial Group.
“This initiative will play a critical role in further meeting consumer expectations for privacy and trust when transacting digitally. We are proud to be part of this effort and are looking forward to the enhanced experiences and benefits for CIBC clients.” – Greg Elcich, Vice President Enterprise Innovation, CIBC
“The issues with identity today would be impossible to tackle without strong industry collaboration. For us, the digital shift is about more than just technology – it’s a way of offering services designed to meet the needs and expectations of our members and clients. It’s an opportunity to make choices that will add value for them – and for society. By taking a network approach with Verified.Me, we provide our members with a stronger control over their information and the ability to use that information where and when they want, with peace of mind thanks to improved privacy and security.” – Yann Jodoin, Head of Payments and Everyday Banking, Desjardins
“What IBM is building with SecureKey and members of the digital identity ecosystem in Canada will help tackle the toughest challenges surrounding identity. This method is an entirely different approach to identity verification, and together with SecureKey, we have a head start on putting it on the blockchain. Verified.Me is a prime example of the type of innovation permissioned blockchain networks can accelerate.” – Marie Wieck, General Manager, IBM Blockchain
“Verified.Me uses blockchain technology to make the online identification process faster, more private and more secure for consumers. This solution aligns perfectly with National Bank’s commitment to providing a simple and unified digital experience.” – Lionel Pimpin, Senior Vice President, Digital Channels, National Bank of Canada
“Organizations and governments now have another legal and reliable option to get a document signed electronically by clients, consumers or citizens, using identities validated by trusted Canadian organizations, like their financial institution. Verified.Me is a disruptive solution that brings major benefits to those constrained with compliance and regulations in their digital transformation programs,” — Claude Charpentier, CEO of Notarius.
“Security and trust are two expectations that consumers have when it comes to their personal information and digital identity. Creating seamless and convenient experiences that consumers have come to expect, based on these imperatives of security and trust, are fundamental to meeting their evolving digital needs. The collaboration between industry partners to launch Verified.Me is a testament to our collective focus on the consumer as we strive to bring incremental value to their everyday digital interactions.” – Peter Tilton, Senior Vice President, Digital, RBC.
“Verified.Me has been a combined effort of several network participants’ dedication, openness and innovative thinking. We are entering a new era in which Canadians can clearly and confidently assert when, why and with whom their digital identity assets are shared. We are eager to offer this solution to our customers and look forward to setting the gold standard of digital identity worldwide.” – Katie Greenberg, Vice President, Digital Products and Retail Payments, Scotiabank
“The launch of Verified.Me is an exciting step towards making it easier for our Clients to do business with us, and ensuring that their access to Sun Life services is safe and secure. To be able to bring this to market and provide Canadians with more control over their digital identities speaks to the importance of industry partnerships and collaboration to spark innovation.” – Mark Saunders, Executive Vice-President & Chief Information Officer, Sun Life Financial
“By participating in SecureKey’s new Verified.Me service, we are putting technology to work for our customers to help them access the services they need in a digital world. We are proud to be one of the first to offer our customers a simpler, more secure way to share their information in order to transact online.” –Rizwan Khalfan, EVP and Chief Digital and Payments Officer, TD
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