SecureKey launches Online Authentication Service for Government of Canada
OTTAWA-- SecureKey Technologies Inc., which provides a platform-as-a-service for authentication, payment and identity, has launched SecureKey Concierge, a Credential Broker Service that allows Canadians to use their bank authentication credentials to access online services from the Government of Canada. Three of Canada's largest banks, BMO Financial Group, Scotiabank and TD Bank Group are the initial Trusted Sign-In Partners, with other financial institutions expected to follow in the coming months.
The new service is part of the Government of Canada's Cyber Authentication Renewal initiative. No passwords or personal information such as name, address or date of birth are exchanged. Trusted Sign-In Partners won't know which government service is being accessed and the government won't know which Trusted Sign-In Partner is being used. SecureKey Concierge is subject to the Privacy Act and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).
"SecureKey Concierge is the result of an innovative collaboration between SecureKey Technologies and leading Canadian Financial Institutions", said SecureKey Chairman, Greg Wolfond. "It provides exceptional convenience for consumers by reducing the number of usernames and passwords that they need to remember. At the same time, SecureKey Concierge reduces the cost for government in regards to issuing, storing and managing their own online user credentials."
"BMO sees this as a natural extension of the services we offer our customers," said David Heatherly, VP, Payment Products, BMO Financial Group. "Our participation gives customers a secure, simple and trusted verification process for accessing government services online. It builds off the investments we have already made in Chip and PIN, and related technologies for simpler, but more secure, online authentication."
Many Government of Canada departments have already implemented SecureKey Concierge.