Identity Task Force
The GlobalPlatform Identity Task Force (ITF) was established in 2015 to identify and
address the identity use cases that can be supported by GlobalPlatform technologies,
including and specifically encompassing privacy.
47 GlobalPlatform member companies currently participate in the task force’s
The scope of activities encompasses:
- Government Identity – – to continue GlobalPlatform’s role in
addressing the long-term needs of governments engaged in large-scale ID and e-ID
deployments for both government-to-employee and government-to-citizen applications.
This role, formerly undertaken by the Government Task Force (GTF), has been integrated
into the ITF. More details about the GTF are highlighted below.
- Enterprise Identity – to determine GlobalPlatform’s role in
addressing the long-term needs of enterprises in e-ID deployments for their employees,
both when the identity is issued directly by the enterprise or it is hosted on an employee
device, as in bring your own device (BYOD).
- Consumer Identity – to determine GlobalPlatform’s role in
addressing the long-term needs of consumer identity to consumer services, with respect
to consumer centric e-ID models or bring your own credential (BYOC) models.
The key objectives of the task force include:
- To evangelize GlobalPlatform’s offering to the identity market, external to the
- To analyze, identify and position business requirements relating to identity, and
specifically how GlobalPlatform Specifications can be advanced to encourage developers
to capitalize on the trusted execution environment (TEE) and secure elements’ (SE) ability
to host secure identity services.
- To analyze identity requirements within the IoT, M2M ecosystems and on
wearables that utilize GlobalPlatform technologies.
- To support further development of GlobalPlatform technology by the technical
committees by providing input related to identity.
- To liaise with external identity-related organizations on how GlobalPlatform
technologies, such as SE and TEE, can fulfil the security requirements for the provision of
Identity Task Force activities and achievements
2016 Activities and Priorities:
- To develop a white paper examining the use of FIDO on GlobalPlatform
- To discuss the advancement of IoT identity and relevant identity use cases
and address derived (Personal Identification Verification (PIV) credentials on UICCs in the
context of the GlobalPlatform Composition Model.
Achievements to date:
The ITF’s focus areas for 2015 were government ID requirements, derived
credentials, mobile ID and ID services for proximity connected secure components. The
group's key achievements included the publication of 'Mobile ID: Realization of Mobile Identity Solutions by GlobalPlatform
Technologies', a white paper focused on mobile identity, in collaboration with the Mobile Task Force and the Bluetooth Low
Energy (BLE) Connection Service Requirements for GlobalPlatform Secure Components
document with the Internet
of Things Task
As indicated above, the ITF has evolved from the GTF, which previously has:
- Publicly releasing its Privacy Framework
- Addressed the need to upgrade the cryptographic strength of GlobalPlatform's Secure Channel Protocols (SCP) and Systems Specifications.
- Delivered an International Organization of Standardization (ISO) mapping of
GlobalPlatform Card Specification v2.2 content management interface (ISO Framework).
- Addressed biometrics for governments and the value-add GlobalPlatform can
bring to biometric deployments.
- Defined a specific platform configuration for ID card projects.
- Established open sessions with government agencies to gather requirements
representative of the government market.
For further details or to get involved in this activity, please visit the member only website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.