Dedicated platform allows honorary consuls to upload legalized passport images to secure server, under Vienna Convention protections

In the ongoing battle to solve the identity verification problem, in particular where the internet and small business are concerned, a new standard may have been set.

Pointing out the fact that the passport is the only globally recognized form of identification, privacy experts with the Consular Chamber of Commerce have launched identify.nu into beta testing.

Secure Sharing of Verified Passport ID Via the Internet

Identify.nu provides a platform where by verified consul members of the Consular Chamber of Commerce may elect to upload legalized passport copies to a secure server, dedicated to the service.  The fact that the server only accepts uploads from confirmed consul members, and only when they are acting in consular capacity, applies certain privacy protections.   Perhaps the most important of these is exemption of the data from the right of search or seizure under the Vienna Conventions on Consular Relations of 1961.  Seizure by corrupt officials of documents, often disclosing identites of competetive project or contract bidders, has been a major concern of ID verification services in the developing world.

Confirm Identities of Potential Business Partners the World Over

The legalization may be done by the country which issued the passport, if the consul member represents that country, or it may be by Hague Apostille, the internationally recognized legalization recognized by most countries in the world.  The uploading consuls are compensated for the service by the Consular Chamber of Commerce, which includes the service in its subscription memberships, starting at $59. per year.  

With the identified parties always in ownership of their data, state-of-the-art encryption, secure data storage in Denmark, ability of members to individually authorize each other to download their passport copies, and a developer who is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), the Consular Chamber hopes that new standard may set.

Reducing Identity Theft

With identity theft the number one crime in the United States, using passports for identification is seen as a remedy.  The ability to steal one’s identity with a passport data page only extremely difficult, as the document has no address, no social security number and no signature sample.

Already the standard for membership in the Consular Chamber of Commerce, the organization is marketing the product globally.  The concept was well received when proposed by Consular Chamber Members to the International Forum on Document Authentication in 2009.

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