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GlobalPlatform Simplifies Management of Privacy-Enhanced Identity Documents

Enables governments and ID scheme managers to effectively manage privacy in line with latest regulations and regional requirements

GlobalPlatform has published its Card Privacy Framework and Privacy-Enhanced ID Configuration. The technology helps governments and identity issuers to enable state of the art privacy and security for smart card based digital identity programs, like ePassports, driving licenses and eID documents. The framework and configuration bring together a range of widely deployed standards, allowing program managers to comprehensively answer the latest global and regional privacy requirements.

“Governments, enterprises and individuals are demanding greater privacy,” comments Gil Bernabeu, Technical Director at GlobalPlatform. “ID providers need to migrate from their current ID documents to align with new personal data management regulations. We have created a simple universal tool to enable the swift and efficient deployment of privacy-enhanced technologies, that are aligned with the latest geographic and market sector requirements. We call on governments and identity program managers to request alignment with this framework to enhance the privacy and security of their new projects.”

The GlobalPlatform Privacy Framework gives implementers the tools and knowledge of ‘how’ regulatory privacy guidelines can be applied using GlobalPlatform’s Card Specifications. It integrates a range of protocols that can be combined, or applied individually. This enables ID providers to answer the new regional demand to enhance the privacy of digital identity services on ID document while supporting current applications to aid the migration.

The GlobalPlatform Privacy Enhanced ID Configuration explains how to configure Secure Elements to implement the additional features and protocols defined in the GlobalPlatform Privacy Framework. The documents ensure digital identity services can be effectively managed, irrespective of the protocols used, and allow the addition or removal of protocols over time as requirements change.

For further information on how to become a member and get involved with GlobalPlatform’s privacy work, visit our membership pages.

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About GlobalPlatform 

GlobalPlatform is a non-profit industry association driven by over 100 member companies. Members share a common goal to develop GlobalPlatform’s specifications, which are today highly regarded as the international standard for enabling digital services and devices to be trusted and securely managed throughout their lifecycle.

GlobalPlatform protects digital services by standardizing and certifying a security hardware/firmware combination, known as a secure component, which acts as an on-device trust anchor. This facilitates collaboration between service providers and device manufacturers, empowering them to ensure adequate security within all devices to protect against threats.

GlobalPlatform specifications also standardize the secure management of digital services and devices once deployed in the field. Altogether, GlobalPlatform enables convenient and secure digital service delivery to end users, while supporting privacy, regardless of market sector or device type. Devices secured by GlobalPlatform include smartphones, tablets, set top boxes, wearables, connected cars, other Internet-of- Things (IoT) devices and smart cards.

The technology’s widespread global adoption delivers cost and time-to-market efficiencies to all. Market sectors adopting GlobalPlatform technology include payments, telecoms, transportation, automotive, smart cities, smart home, utilities, healthcare, premium content, government and enterprise ID.

GlobalPlatform’s legacy of successful technical specification development is thanks to two decades of energetic and effective industry collaboration.  Members influence the organization’s output through participation in technical committees, working groups and strategic task forces. GlobalPlatform technology is developed in collaboration with numerous standards bodies and regional organizations across the world, to ensure continual relevance and timeliness. For more information visit

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