Digital identity is user-initiated, consent based, information sharing that uses digital technology. It provides the means to do online what we have traditionally done with printed documents.
With more and more aspects of our lives taking place online, New Zealanders are increasingly using electronic identification to perform online transactions.
Using a digital identity allows us to reliably prove information about us that lets us take part in society and access services such as banking, travel and healthcare.
Creating trusted digital information will help grow our economy, transform government services and ensure everyone has access to the tools and knowledge they need to take part in New Zealand’s future.
Security and privacy for citizens’ data
We are working to make sure there are better privacy and security protections for citizens so that New Zealanders are firmly in control of what happens to their personal information.
Funding approved to research digital identification
In December 2018, the Government committed funding of $5.15 million towards a 2-year Digital Identity programme to be led by the Department of Internal Affairs.