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U.S. NIST Seeks Alignment with EU on Digital Identity Standards

The U.S. NIST is seeking feedback on a draft report aimed at aligning U.S. and EU digital identity efforts, focusing on interoperability and international cooperation.

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U.S. NIST Seeks Alignment with EU on Digital Identity Standards

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the United States is making strides towards bridging the digital divide between the U.S. and the European Union (EU). In a bid to foster international cooperation and interoperability, NIST is seeking feedback on a draft report that aims to align U.S. and EU digital identity efforts as we move into 2024.

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Exploring Common Grounds and Differences

Drafted by officials part of the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council, the report dives into the commonalities and differences in digital identity standards between the two entities. Interestingly, the report reveals no significant disparities that would hinder interoperability of digital identity frameworks, regardless of the fact that both sides are not mandated to strictly adhere to each other's systems.

Challenges in Biometric Data Sharing

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Despite the promising prospects of alignment, the sharing of biometric data remains a challenging aspect of integration. The collection, storage, and use of biometric data are under scrutiny due to privacy and security concerns, and harmonizing these aspects between U.S. and EU regulations poses an intricate task.

Comparing Assurance Levels

The U.S. NIST SP 800-63-3 standards, currently under revision, outline three levels of assurance for identities, authenticators, and federation. Parallelly, the EU has its own specification of three 'levels of assurance'. The goal is to ensure that the U.S. state ID programs are compatible with the broader EU standards, thus paving the way for seamless digital interactions on a global scale.

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