Retail Drinks Australia has submitted comment on proposed legislation that would lay the groundwork for a countrywide digital ID system, warning that a lack of accredited digital identity providers could result in high costs for retailers that need to routinely perform digital IDV.
Retail Drinks Australia is an industry organization representing the interests of the Australian retail liquor sector. It advocates on behalf of its members, which include both large and small liquor retailers, on various issues impacting the industry, including regulatory, operational, and business matters. The organization works to ensure that the retail liquor industry’s voice is heard in legislative and policy-making processes, and it provides support and services to its members to help them navigate the complexities of the retail environment.
In its filed comments related to the Digital ID Bill 2023 and the Digital ID (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Bill 2023, RDA noted that in the state of New South Wales, online liquor retailers are already required to use IDV services from those accredited under the Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF), and said that it has received “anecdotal feedback” of IDV costs ranging from AU$0.50 to AU$2.00 per transaction.
The Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF) is a set of standards and guidelines developed by the Australian government to ensure the security, privacy, and reliability of digital identity services. It outlines the requirements for accreditation of digital identity service providers, aiming to foster trust and confidence in online transactions by verifying the identities of individuals engaging in digital activities, such as online purchases.
Several organizations have so far been accredited as Identity Providers under the TDIF, including ATO, the Australian Post, IDVerse (formerly OCR Labs), Mastercard, and Makesure Consulting’s RatifyID.
Retail Drinks Australia insists that it supports the overall concept of digital identity verification for online alcohol sales, but emphasized in its filing “the practical needs of online liquor retailers reliant on digital identity solutions to verify the identity of their customers purchasing alcohol products.”
Source: The Mandarin
(Originally published on Mobile ID World)