Mastercard and Microsoft yesterday announced a collaboration to improve how people manage and use their digital identity. Mastercard and Microsoft aim to give people a secure, instant way to verify their digital identity with whomever they want, whenever they want.
“Today’s digital identity landscape is patchy, inconsistent and what works in one country often won’t work in another. We have an opportunity to establish a system that puts people first, giving them control of their identity data and where it is used. Working with Microsoft brings us one step closer to making a globally interoperable digital identity service a reality, and we look forward to sharing more very soon.”Ajay Bhalla, president, cyber and intelligence solutions at Mastercard
Microsoft says access to a universally-recognized digital identity could unlock new and enhanced experiences for people as they interact with businesses, service providers and their community online, including:
- Financial Services: Improve and speed the applicant identification process for establishing a new bank account, loan or payment service account
- Commerce: Enable a more personalized and efficient shopping experience online and in stores, regardless of the payment type, device or service provider
- Government Services: Simplify interactions with government agencies and services – such as filing taxes, applying for passports or securing support payments (e.g., Social Security)
- Digital Services: Streamline and provide easier use of email, social media, movie/music streaming services, and rideshare platforms
“Digital identity is a cornerstone of how people live, work and play every day. We believe people should be in control of their digital identity and data, and we’re thrilled to first work with Mastercard to bring new decentralized identity innovations to life.”Joy Chik, corporate vice president, Identity, Microsoft
According to Microsoft, this partnership will serve as the foundation for new Mastercard services powered by Microsoft Azure and built-in collaboration with leaders in the banking, mobile network operator and government communities.