Experian is a proud member of the Better Identity Coalition, which is committed to working alongside policymakers to improve digital security, identity verification, privacy and convenience for everyone. Together, we’re seeking innovative ways to empower Americans to take control of their identities and conduct online business securely.
On September 11, 2020, a bipartisan group of House members led by Congressman Bill Foster, introduced the “Improving Digital Identity Act of 2020” to modernize and digitize our essential government identity infrastructure. Through the Better Identity Coalition, Experian supports this bill and the steps it’s taking to help improve digital identity, security and privacy for Americans.
As a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers and businesses have quickly adapted to doing nearly everything digitally, but most government-issued identity credentials, such as drivers’ licenses and passports, were not created to be verified online. The “Improving Digital Identity Act” creates a comprehensive approach across federal, state and local government to address critical shortcomings in identity tools that today make it easy for fraudsters to prey on Americans.
The bill creates a framework of standards that new identity solutions should follow to ensure privacy. The bill also allows for federal grants to be given to states to jumpstart modernization of the systems that provide driver’s licenses or other types of credentials to enable digital identity verification, in accordance with the NIST framework. It’s important that the bill gets passed to bring the United States up to speed on digital identity and help fix government-issued identity problems.
In addition to supporting bills like the “Improving Digital Identity Act of 2020,” Experian is working hard to develop new innovations to make digital commerce safer for consumers and businesses. Our most recent innovation, Sure Profile makes us the first company with an offering to fight synthetic identity fraud that’s integrated into the credit profile with market-leading assurance. In fact, we are so confident in our solution that we’ll share in loan losses on assured profiles if we get it wrong. Experian is also proud to be the only credit bureau in the initial rollout of the Social Security Administration’s new electronic Consent Based Social Security Verification service. Our inclusion ensures our clients have the tools to more easily detect online fraud while also better recognizing legitimate consumers.