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Wednesday, 17 November 2021, 2: 41 pm


Press Release: Make Lemonade

New Zealand cybercrime continues to grow with the
government cyber incident tracking agency, CERT, reporting a
14 percent increase in scams and fraud in the last
quarter.

Fraud awareness this week is important for
raising awareness of the potential risks Kiwis are facing
with increased online activity.

This just shows how
critical digital identity trust is in a world that is
rapidly becoming more digital, Digital Identity New Zealand
executive director Colin Wallis says.

Secure digital
identities are an important foundation for the digital
economy and with so much business, communication and
purchases happening online it is more important than ever to
be able to trust in peoples digital identity, he
says.

“Having a secure, privacy-aware and
trustworthy digital identity system will be important for
enabling the economy. This is why Digital Identity NZ
members are collaborating to provide feedback via the
submission process on the government’s proposed digital
identity framework.

“We are also hosting a large
conference in May next year on digital trust, bringing
together experts in digital identity, privacy and security,
which are all needed to create trust.”

Digital
Identity NZ is a not-for-profit member association in the NZ
Tech Alliance. Wallis says it is working to create a country
where people can express their identity using validated and
trusted digital processes.

Identity fraud has
increased a staggering 86 per cent in the last financial
year, while investment fraud has risen by 37 per cent over
the same period.

A total of 79 percent of New
Zealanders are concerned about the protection of their
identity and use of personal data by organisations,
according to survey commissioned by Digital Identity New
Zealand (DINZ).

Walls says there is public concern and
some frustration about how their personal data is shared
online. Change in behaviour is occurring with 73 percent of
Kiwis claiming to have made a change to their online
behaviour because of privacy concern.

Their
recent survey
found 85 percent of respondents said there
was a lack of transparency, as well as concern in having to
share data with so many organisations.

Additionally,
only one in 20 New Zealanders have a fully satisfied
experience with registering new accounts. Nine out of 10 New
Zealanders find the idea of being more in control of their
digital identity
appealing.

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