Single digital identity app launches in Belgium
Written by Chris Lemmon
A number of major Belgian banks and mobile network operators have collaborated to launch itsme – a single digital identity that replaces all passwords on the web.
Using the itsme mobile app, Belgian users can prove their identity at an online store or when signing an official document online. With every action they carry out, users are required to enter their secret five-digit itsme code into their mobile, or can verify through a fingerprint.
The banks involved are Belfius, BNP Paribas Fortis, KBC/CBC and ING, while the mobile network operators are Orange, Proximus and Telenet.
The rollout of the service will be gradual, with users currently only being able to use itsme to log onto the websites of initial partners, including Bolero (investor platform), ClearMedia (cloud solution), Doccle (digital archive), EnCo (digital products marketplace and development environment), Randstad (temporary employment) and Rombit (online auction). Other major applications will follow from companies such as AXA, Belfius, BNP Paribas Fortis, ING and Proximus.
Kris De Ryck, CEO of Belgian Mobile ID, said: “It is like a second layer of protection. The banks are obliged by law to verify the formal identity of their customers, which provides a watertight identity guarantee: I am who I say I am. The mobile network operators guarantee a highly secure SIM card and mobile network.”