Agencies seek solutions for ‘digital identity proofing’

(Jan. 14, 2022) Measuring the effectiveness of digital identity proofing – the process used to collect, validate and verify information about a person – is the aim of a “tech sprint” announced jointly this week by the FDIC and FinCEN.

The two agencies said they have several goals in the effort. Those include: increasing efficiency and account security, reducing fraud and other forms of identity-related crime (including money laundering and terrorist financing), and fostering “customer confidence in the digital banking environment.”

“Digital identity proofing is a foundational element to enable digital financial services to function properly,” the agencies said in their release. “This element is challenged by the proliferation of compromised personally identifiable information (PII), the increasing use of synthetic identities, and the presence of multiple, varied approaches for identity proofing.”

The FDIC and FinCEN said the tech sprint will ask participants to answer the challenge question of: “What is a scalable, cost-efficient, risk-based solution to measure the effectiveness of digital identity proofing to ensure that individuals who remotely (i.e., not in person) present themselves for financial activities are who they claim to be?”


Joint Release/FDIC and FinCEN Launch Digital Identity Tech Sprint