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Nov 16, 2021

ETSI standards: identity proofing standardisation

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ETSI standards: identity proofing standardisation

What is ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute)?

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute, also known by its acronym ETSI, is an independent organisation that standardises norms at the European level.

Although ETSI was initially created to standardise regulations in the telecommunications sector in Europe, its scope has grown to become a global organisation. Today, its main mission is the standardisation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Europe.

ETSI is one of the three members recognised at European level as the European Standards Organisation (ESO) and its main role is to support European regulations and legislation through the creation of harmonised standards.

What is the ETSI identity proofing standard?

The identity verification process allows a company or organisation to verify a person’s identity and that they are who they say they are. This identity verification process is necessary to ensure trusting relationships between users and companies or organisations and, when carried out in person, is done through the verification of the identity document and the holder of the document.

Although this process is carried out in both the private and public domains, in the financial services sector (banking, insurance companies, etc.), the identity verification process is known as KYC (Know Your Customer) or eKYC (electronic Know Your Customer) when it is taken to the digital world.

Within its framework for regulating telecommunications systems, ETSI has standardised identity proofing, recognising identification through video streaming with the recording of the whole process as the only valid model for identity proofing of remote users, with the same level of security as face-to-face. This reinforces even more what is already stipulated in eIDAS regulation, about identification through video streaming being the only valid method for compliant customer identification.

This standard sets the framework for identity verification of the eIDAS regulation by which all EU member states are governed and stipulates that streaming video is the only legal instrument to validate the evidence and attributes of identity documents (ID cards, passports…) and as a method of remote identification, as opposed to other methods using photographs or selfies, which are not compliant with the KYC process.

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What are the advantages of the ETSI identity proofing standard?

This ETSI standardisation complements the eIDAS regulation that defines standards and rules for electronic signatures (Qualified Electronic Signature among them), the emission of qualified certificates and online trust services. It also regulates electronic transactions and their management.

A reliable identity verification process allows companies, especially those in the financial sector, to operate online with their customers in a 100% secure manner and with the same guarantees as in person.

In fact, the standardisation of this type of procedure is another step towards the construction of a digital solution that both companies in the financial sector and governments can acquire and implement to operate with their customers and users 100% remotely.

How does the ETSI standard relate to Electronic IDentification’s QES?

The regulation we have been working on for years, the technology and the push of the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the need for this technology. Everything converges to make a strong but easy to use digital identity, accessible to users and very easy to use and integrate for companies and institutions.

With a presence in 27 countries and an established worldwide reputation as a visionary provider of remote identification solutions, Electronic IDentification is the only provider offering an end-to-end solution of recorded video streaming for Customer Onboarding and remote video identification in seconds. A solution that allows any operation to be carried out remotely, for any use case (Digital Onboarding of customers, signing of a mortgage, subscription of a new insurance policy…) and any sector.

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