Our society is becoming more and more digitalized and the amount of personal data that is collected and used is growing. As a result, the need for data protection measures becomes ever more pressing. The current pandemic has clearly highlighted how digital platforms and systems can be utilised to make services more accessible, efficient, and transparent. However, safeguards for privacy and trusted digital systems are not yet the norm. To increase security and ensure privacy, digital systems have to be build for protection by design and by default, and enforced by commissions dedicated to this, according to a recent blog by the World Bank.
The World Bank leads by example in this case with the Identification for Development (ID4D) initiative, designed to support various countries in setting up trusted ID systems with safeguards for vulnerable data in Somalia, Nigeria, and the Philippines.
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