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Digital Identity, Security & Online Fraud

New Zealand adopts legislation to secure online identity

Thursday 13 December 2012 | 10:56 AM CET

New Zealand has adopted a new legislation that will enable companies and government agencies to offer services online without worrying about security issues.

Amendments to the Electronic Identity Verification Act will enable the public and private sector to verify people using services over the internet. The changes, which are set to become operational in early 2013, are supported by an integrated online RealMe service, which will allow government service delivery providers and private sector entities to verify that a person using a service over the internet is who he or she claims to be.

The RealMe service is being offered jointly by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and New Zealand Post. Using the RealMe service, people will gain access to more online products and services from government agencies and organisations, including banks and insurance companies. RealMe also helps financial institutions comply with identity verification requirements in the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act. This law is expected to come into effect at the end of June 2013.
 

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