After a successful 2017 pilot program, IDEMIA (formerly OT-Morpho) and the Alabama Department of Revenue have announced the full-scale deployment of the electronic ID app (Alabama eID) to protect residents against state income tax refund theft.
The Alabama eID app is available for download in Apple’s App Store and in the Google Play store for Android users.
Users complete a short registration process in which their identities are verified by scanning their physical driver’s license or state-issued ID and taking a selfie with their smartphone.
This information is compared against the data and photo on record in the driver’s license database to verify the person registering for the app is who they claim to be.
(IDEMIA (formerly OT-Morpho/MorphoTrust USA) has partnered with the Alabama Department of Revenue on a new pilot program using electronic ID (eID) to enhance security for residents filing state tax refunds during the 2016 filing season. Courtesy of Business Wire and YouTube)
IDEMIA’s eID leverages the highly trusted and secure driver’s license and ID card database managed by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to ensure that individuals are who they claim to be.
Alabama taxpayers will be able to confidently place a “lock” on their tax ID within the Alabama Department of Revenue to be sure that tax returns are not processed in their name without their authorization.
The eID is empowering participants to use their verified identities (including selfies) as a way to protect their personal transactions.
What makes the eID secure?
The eID is secure simply because you and ONLY you can register and use the eID.
How is that possible?
- It ties back to the motor vehicle agency in-person proofed database record when you applied for your driver’s license or state ID.
- The app requires a biometric to open; one of the safest most secure ways to identify yourself, in this case, your selfie.
- The eID replaces historically weak usernames and passwords.
(In a digital world, we need a trusted digital identity that is secure and convenient and can be used on any device. This solution enables telecom customers to create their mobile ID: they carry out a one-time self-registration by capturing information from their civil ID documents as well as their biometrics. Now they can access online services and confirm transactions with a selfie-check with liveness detection. Courtesy of IDEMIA and YouTube)
“As the global leader in identity security, IDEMIA is pleased to provide the Alabama Department of Revenue the Alabama eID app for its taxpayers,” explains Ed Casey, Chief Executive Officer, IDEMIA Identity & Security North America.
“The app brings the highest level of security with a simple user interface to create the leading edge technology in protecting state income tax refunds.”
“The technology’s unique ability is its secure link to the identity verification process residents underwent to receive their Alabama driver’s license or state ID.“
“This authenticated connection between digital identity and physical identity is what ensures only you can claim your state income tax refund.”
“We’re proud Alabama is leading the nation in securing taxpayer identities against state income tax fraud,” said Vernon Barnett, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Revenue.
“Not only will we protect taxpayers against criminals, taxpayers who use the Alabama eID app will also receive priority processing of their refund.”
For more information on the Alabama eID app and a list of supported devices, go to https://www.AlabamaeID.com.
Securing our identity has become mission critical in the world we live in today.
By standing for Augmented Identity, IDEMIA reinvents the way we think, produce, use and protect this asset, whether for individuals or for objects.
(Learn More about IDEMIA, the global leader in trusted identities for an increasingly digital world. Courtesy of IDEMIA and YouTube)
IDEMIA ensures privacy and trust as well as guarantee secure, authenticated and verifiable transactions for international clients from Financial, Telecom, Identity, Public Security and IoT sectors.
OT (Oberthur Technologies) and Safran Identity & Security (Morpho) have joined forces to form IDEMIATM, the global leader in Augmented IdentityTM for an increasingly digital world, with the ambition to empower citizens and consumers alike to interact, pay, connect, travel and vote in ways that are now possible in a connected environment.