Consular Chamber of Commerce launches multi-platform global identity verification service.

Identify.nu has launched its Facebook Identity Badge, further expanding its portfolio of correspondent online services.  The system now interfaces to provide global identity verification service for users of Facebook, Google Gmail, Yahoo, MySpace, AOL, OpenID and more. 

Identify.nu verified members have provided passport identification, in person, to a consular officer who is a verified consul member of the Consular Chamber of Commerce.  The verifying consul certifies and legalizes a copy of the member’s passport, and uploads the legalized copy to Identify.nu dedicated, secure servers in Denmark. 

Consuls are exclusively contracted to perform this duty because they are vetted by both a sending and a receiving country, and have powers to legalize documents on behalf of a country, or obtain a Hague Apostille for multi-national legalization.

Consuls who upload Identify.nu passports do so in performance of consular duties, using a server dedicated to consular use only, under the protections of the Vienna Conventions on Consular Relations.  The result is the most comprehensive international privacy protocol, including exemption from search and seizure.

The Identify.nu social networking interface enables members to display verification that a given email address or user profile does in fact belong to the member identified by the consular officer.  The result is believed to set a new standard in connecting a social networking profile or email address with a natural person.

Outside the social networking world, Identify.nu acts as the secure exchange for verified, legalized passport copies, especially among members of the Consular Chamber of Commerce, which includes the identify.nu service in its membership.  Passport copies are required by banking standards worldwide for various transactions.  They are also required in many finance, shipping, trade and partnership endeavors, not to mention travel related use.  The ability to reliably and securely provide one’s legalized passport copy directly to the secure login of business associates  anywhere in the world is unprecedented and valuable.

To Fulfill the demand for the verification and legalization of passports copies, the Consular Chamber of Commerce compensates Honorary Consuls on an ongoing basis for each confirmation request or renewal.  The Chamber pays each consul US$10. to US$20. for each passport reviewed by the consul, and for doing the same when a passport is renewed or changed.  The Consular Chamber of Commerce recognizes only the passport as suitable identification for the identify.nu system.  Consuls can enroll to become confirmed, verifying consuls at www.consul.cc.

Honorary consuls who verify passports in urban centers may see substantial increases in volume and fee income.  The Chamber hopes to see honorary consulates become more substantial in their communities, particularly in the developing world.

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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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