In our research, we encompassed deskbased work in addition to conversations with multiple thought leaders in the digital identity space to explore how identity has evolved and if SSI solutions provide increased hope for greater privacy protections now and in the future.
What we found is that digital identity is complex, with a big variety of different players and elements coming together in an effort to provide a seamless user experience. While privacy may not always be the central driver of these developments, SSI technology has the potential for better privacy protection of digital identities as it supports the users’ control of their own identifiers and allows for their selective disclosure. This aligns with the principles of data minimization and purpose limitation.
At the same time, ensuring privacy by design and accountability throughout the digital identity system in compliance with different legal and regulatory privacy requirements still presents a challenge that needs to be tackled in more detail. Private-public collaboration on building infrastructure for SSI architectures and educating both organizations and endusers about their potential and real-world use cases will be indispensable for maturing the field further.