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GlobalPlatform made simple guide: Consumer Centric Model

What does the 'Consumer-Centric Model and How it Applies to the Mobile Ecosystem' white paper address?
The white paper details GlobalPlatform’s vision to create an ecosystem that enables consumers to have ultimate control over which secure applications they want to use on their device. Free to download, it addresses the current technological trend for a ‘consumer centric model’ and highlights the remaining work envisioned to achieve the standardization and security required to make this concept a reality.

Why is GlobalPlatform involved in this work?
GlobalPlatform has committed resources to this initiative due to a readiness from its members to support this model and develop the required technology to manage a consumer centric approach.

GlobalPlatform is using the white paper to outline its roadmap to support this model and demonstrate how a verifiable level of security can be delivered for both low and highly-sensitive applications. As a specification body, key to GlobalPlatform’s work in this area is the need to define an open and scalable infrastructure that encourages the proliferation of supplier agnostic standards-based technology.

Why is this necessary?
The paper highlights that when the consumer is placed at the center of the secure application ecosystem, consideration must be given to ensure appropriate levels of security. Different applications will require varying degrees of security, from simple protection for applications such as loyalty or gaming, to debit-credit payment and identity needing the highest security available.

It is becoming increasing evident that the consumer centric model is achievable as consumers become more comfortable with downloading applications onto their devices and are requiring more and more protection of their private data and value added services. To ensure widespread adoption, however, it is important that the model evolves in a standardized manner and that the industry collaborates to develop a secure and fully interoperable landscape.

Who is the white paper aimed at?
The white paper will be of interest to memory card manufacturers, application developers, issuers, trusted service managers and platform providers and can be downloaded here.

What are the next steps?
From a technological perspective, the consumer centric model is compatible with GlobalPlatform’s existing technology. GlobalPlatform is now looking to leverage its specifications to facilitate the different levels of security required for different applications. We are calling on other industry associations across all markets engaged in delivering value added applications and secure services to consumers to provide contributions to this model to ultimately speed up mass market deployment. To get involved, please email me: Kevin_Gillick@globalplatform.org.