Digital versions of NSW driver’s licenses will be underpinned by blockchain technology built by Sydney-based data security company Secure Logic.
Secure Logic today launched its ‘TrustGrid’ platform, an advanced blockchain solution that delivers a secure, decentralised and immutable ledger of transactions.
The platform is designed to help combat identity related crimes and underpin the digitisation of government services, like motor registration, property titles and birth certificates.
Earlier this year, the technology was used to power the NSW Government’s digital driver’s licence pilot with 1,400 Dubbo residents and is set to be used again as a second pilot takes place in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs in November, where residents will be able to show digital identification in pubs and clubs and for roadside police checks.
Secure Logic CEO Santosh Devaraj said driver’s licences are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the transformation of the public service and new technologies will significantly change how people interact with government over the next decade.
“The era of standing in line to file government paperwork is coming to an end. As is our reliance on physical identification cards to establish your identity or proof of age with law enforcement or at licenced venues. These are mistake prone, time-consuming, expensive and impractical ways to offer services,” Devaraj said.
The company highlighted other potential use cases for the technology including a database for HSC, TAFE and other academic results, motor registration, birth and death certificates, medical records, property titles and many other government services.
Devaraj argues the technology could be used to provide consumers more control and transparency of their digital records, particularly when it comes to their My Health Record.
“While it’s positive to see government pursue a platform that has the potential to save lives, people are right to be concerned about how their sensitive data is stored and could be exploited by hackers. Rather than a black and white method of opting ‘in or out’, TrustGrid could enable each individual to set the terms of their own digitised contract that governs exactly what personal information is disclosed through fine-grained consent and encryption policies.”
For example, Estonia’s ehealth system allows patients to hide parts of their file, and shows patiences a record of who has accessed their information.
Devaraj argues said the Federal Government “faces an uphill battle in implementing large-scale, national initiatives, like My Health Record” and urged state governments to drive the digitisation of services.
“Digitisation must be led through state-based policies and effective implementation at the local level; where people most often interact with government,” Devaraj said.
“If government can demonstrate trust between people and public services by providing a technology platform that enhances privacy, integrity and consent , both acceptance and the rate of change will improve dramatically.”