Mobile identity verification to be introduced in Finland this year

Major telecom operators have created a joint electronic verification and electronic signature tool using SIM cards.

Telecommunications operators DNA, Elisa and Sonera have developed an electronic identity verification and signature tool attached to the SIM card on a mobile phone, which will already come into use this year. The mobile verification system is an easy to use electronic identity card, which travels everywhere with the mobile phone.

The mobile verification can be used in different electronic services, especially when proof of identity is crucial, as in services involving money or confidential information. The operators are currently piloting the system in different locations, which also include completely new services. For example, this can involve an electronic signature during a customer service phone call, making the exchange of documents sent through the post redundant.

According to the operators, mobile verification is very convenient and easy to use. When the user goes to a service requiring verification, he gives his own mobile phone number or his normal user name for the service. A verification request is sent from the service to the phone number, requesting the user to type in a secret password consisting of 4-8 numbers. The mobile phone sends the information about the verification to the service and the service opens.

Thanks to cooperation between the operators, once a service provider makes a contract with one operator, it does not matter which operator’s mobile verification the end customer uses.