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In an effort to reduce cyber-crime, the Australian Federal Government has introduced digital identity legislation to parliament.

With the growing number of Australian data breaches in the last year, there has been a consensus by industry in favour of a government backed digital ID. This would allow businesses to verify information about their customers without needing to collect information that would be useful to cyber criminals. The government said that it has thought long and hard about the principles that should guide an Australian Digital ID system and that it should be secure, convenient, voluntary and inclusive. The current identity system has limitations such as the Commonwealth only being able to verify people biometrically against their passports, and not against their driver licence or other ID document issues by state and territory governments. There will be four phases for the digital ID rollout with phase one being establishing the ID in legislation.

This segment was created for the It’s 5:05 podcast