Proving who you are

Proving who you are

Digital identities combine biometrics such as fingerprints and eyescans with ID card numbers to produce a unique identity for each person. (Creative Commons illustration)
Digital identities combine biometrics such as fingerprints and eyescans with ID card numbers to produce a unique identity for each person. (Creative Commons illustration)

The government plans to set up a national single-point digital identity platform by mid-2018 in an effort to centralise identity verification, reduce online fraud and improve the efficiency of financial and e-commerce activities.

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Unified digital identity platform planned

KOMSAN TORTERMVASANA

The government plans to set up a national single-point digital identity platform by mid-2018 in an effort to centralise identity verification, reduce online fraud and improve the efficiency of financial and e-commerce activities.

Once in place, the platform will help verify the identity of involved parties through an information pool similar to that of ATMs, says Digital Economy and Society (DE) Minister Pichet Durongkaveroj.

Crucial information such as civil registration and credit status will be gathered together for verification purposes.

Enterprises and businesses have applied several tools to verify identity, such as fingerprints and retina scans, but usage and adoption varies and a single platform is needed.

Last week, the DE Ministry and the Finance Ministry held a meeting to update the development plan. The meeting included representatives of the Bank of Thailand, the National Credit Bureau, the Stock Exchange of Thailand, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Interior Ministry.

Mr Pichet said not only financial institutions, but also businesses and services providers will be encouraged to use the platform once it is ready.

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Vocabulary

  • adoption (noun): starting to use something new - การนำมาใช้, การรับเป็นของตน
  • bureau: a government organisation - สำนักงาน
  • centralise (verb): to control from the centre - รวมศูนย์
  • civil: non-government - พลเรือน
  • crucial (adj): extremely important because it effects the result of something - สำคัญยิ่ง
  • development: the gradual growth of something so that it becomes more advanced, stronger, etc - การพัฒนา
  • e-commerce (noun): business that is conducted on the Internet - อีคอมเมิร์ซ (การพาณิชย์อิเล็กทรอนิกส์)
  • efficiency: the ability to work well and produce good results by using the available time, money, supplies etc in the most effective way - ความมีประสิทธิภาพ
  • effort: an attempt to do something - ความพยายาม
  • encourage: to cause someone to want to do something - กระตุ้น ให้การสนับสนุน
  • enterprise: an organisation, especially a business - กิจการ, บริษัท,อุตสาหกิจ,วิสาหกิจ
  • Finance Ministry (noun): the ministry in charge of managing the country's money - กระทรวงการคลัง
  • financial: involving money - เกี่ยวกับเงิน, ทางการเงิน
  • financial institution: a business which helps its customers manage money, e.g., a bank, insurance company, etc. - สถาบันการเงิน
  • fingerprint: a mark that you leave on something when you touch it, showing the pattern of lines on the skin of your fingers - รอยนิ้วมือ
  • fraud: the crime of intentionally deceiving someone or cheating in order to gain an advantage or benefit - การฉ้อโกง การหลอกลวง เล่ห์เพทุบาย
  • gather: to bring things together that have been spread around - รวบรวม
  • identity: who or what somebody/something is - ชื่อ เอกลักษณ์
  • improve: to make better - ทำให้ดีขึ้น
  • in place: prepared and ready to use - เข้าที่, อยู่ในที่
  • Interior Ministry: the Thai ministry with responsibility over the Royal Thai Police, local administrations, internal security, citizenship, disaster management, land management, issuing national identity cards and public works - กระทรวงมหาดไทย
  • involved (verb): taking part or having a role in something - เกี่ยวข้อง, มีบทบาท
  • minister: a member of the cabinet, the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - รัฐมนตรี
  • parties (noun): the people or groups of people involved in a situation, an official argument or arrangement - คู่กรณี
  • platform (noun): the type of computer system or the software that is used; a technology -
  • pool (noun): a supply of things or money that is shared by a group of people and can be used when needed - กองกลาง
  • provider (noun): a person/company who gives or supplies something - ผู้ให้
  • purposes (noun): the intentions, aims or functions of something; the things that something is supposed to achieve - จุดประสงค์, เป้าหมาย, วัตถุประสงค์
  • reduce: to make something smaller or less in amount, size, importance etc - ลดลง
  • registration: the process of recording names or information on an official list - การขึ้นทะเบียน, การลงทะเบียน
  • representatives (noun): people who have been chosen or elected by a person or group to vote, give opinions, or make decisions for them - ผู้แทน
  • retina: a layer of tissue at the back of the eye that is sensitive to light and sends signals to the brain about what is seen - จอประสาทตา, เยื่อชั้นในของลูกตา
  • Securities and Exchange Commission: the government agency, under the Finance Ministry which oversees and regulates Thailand’s capital markets. - คณะกรรมการกำกับหลักทรัพย์และตลาดหลักทรัพย์
  • similar: like somebody/something but not exactly the same - คล้ายกัน
  • status: official or legal position - สถานภาพ
  • Stock Exchange of Thailand: the main institution in Thailand where shares in companies are bought and sold - ตลาดหลักทรัพย์แห่งประเทศไทย
  • unified: joined together to form a single unit - มีเอกภาพ, ซึ่งรวมเป็นหนึ่งเดียว,, ซึ่งทำให้เป็นหน่วยเดียวกัน
  • update: to get or give the most recent information or news about something - ให้ข้อมูลใหม่ๆ
  • usage (noun): how much someone uses a service, measured in minutes, for example - การใช้
  • vary: to be different in different situations - ปรวนแปร, เปลี่ยนแปลง, แตกต่าง
  • verification: the process of checking that something is true or accurate - การพิสูจน์ความจริง, การตรวจสอบความเป็นจริง
  • verify: to prove that something is true, or to make certain that something is correct - พิสูจน์ว่าเป็นความจริง
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