Carey O'Connor Kolaja

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Carey is a fearless finance and payments entrepreneur. She is a resident problem-solver and industry disrupter. She is on a mission to create a more secure and inclusive world by redefining how businesses verify and authenticate customers. For 25 years, Carey had explored the intersection of payments, identity and adaptive technologies with great curiosity. She had challenged the status quo and humanized payments in global roles at both PayPal and Citi. Now, she puts her experience to use leading the brilliant team at AU10TIX.

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  • As it relates to online identity verification, such as on the IRS platforms, designing technology solutions not just security and privacy in mind, but also for ‘Citizen Choice and Control,’ means:
    • Shaping legislation around identity verification policy must include education of citizens by the government on what and how personal information is collected and stored when people file their taxes.
    • Giving Americans a choice with regards to how they want to have their identity verified. There are different paths to verifying a person’s identity, people should have a choice, provided it meets the threshold of government-sponsored systems.
    • Empowering people to have control over their personal data is providing them with the right to revoke access.
    • Leveraging verifiable credentials allows users to securely sign into IRS services without sharing of personal data while ensuring a high degree of assurance that the individual is who they say they are.

  • The current trend in regulation of facial recognition technology is moving towards more transparency, but the trend looking forward that we will see is more around choice. In order for facial recognition technology to have a place in society, companies need to be as transparent as possible; regulation needs ensure that the protection of biometric data and consumers must have the ability to exercise their right as to how their personal data is used.

  • Leveraging best in class technology that the private sector is using in the government sector. Financial institutions, for example, have been addressing identity management for decades by investing technology to address similar issues that the government sector is facing now, primarily data security and risk, compliance, and fraud. And so why shouldn't we leverage the same technology within the public sector that has been successful in the private sector especially now when there is a higher calling for safety and convenience with regards to how citizens have their identity digitally verified.

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