SSI or How to Truly Own Your Data

The Power of Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI): Empowering Users in the Digital Age

November 13, 2023

Key takeaways

1. Data Control and Privacy: Users gain full control over their data, deciding what to share, with whom, and under what terms, significantly enhancing personal privacy on the internet.

2. Decentralization and Security: Self-Sovereign Identity decentralizes data management, reducing the risk of attacks and enhancing security by avoiding vulnerable centralized large databases.

3. Interoperability and Access: Users can access and use their data without restrictions, and the digital identity infrastructure allows broad interoperability across different platforms and services. 

4. Humanizing the Internet: Didit aims to humanize the internet, providing an identity layer that enables users to demonstrate their humanity, in a context where bots and identity frauds prevail.

One of the major issues we face on the internet is the fragmentation of our identity. Pieces of our data are scattered across the web, preventing us from truly controlling what happens to them. To address this, Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) emerges as one of the most revolutionary concepts recently.

This term is not just about unification; it's about control. With SSI, individuals can have absolute power over their information, deciding what to share, with whom, and under what terms. And, when desired, they can revoke that permission. It's the ultimate expression of privacy for humanity, attracting attention from various organizations, both public and private, aware that times have changed and online interactions need to be humanized.

Didit's premise is this: the internet lacked an identity layer, so our mission is to humanize it. We've created a comprehensive digital identity infrastructure that empowers people, demonstrating their humanity in an era where bots and identity fraud are rampant, and privacy is central. This redefines how we interact online, whether with other people or entities.

How Self-Sovereign Identity Works

Self-Sovereign Identity allows individuals to have complete control over their identity and data. With this technology, people can link verifiable credentials to themselves, like ID cards, driver's licenses, passports, bank accounts… All this data is stored privately, securely, and organized, and individuals can decide at any time what to share and how with third parties requesting authentication.

What does this achieve? It creates reliable, private, and secure connections between entities (individuals or organizations), enhancing user privacy to unprecedented levels since public keys verify the data exchanged.

Uses of Self-Sovereign Identity

The use cases for Self-Sovereign Identity are diverse: from humanizing the internet and combating fraud to accessing a global economic system or revamping governance systems. We delve into some of the potential uses of identity systems like Didit and how they can assist us daily.

Principles of SSI

Control and unification of individual information are pillars of digital self-sovereign identity. Yet, according to Christopher Allen, a leading voice in decentralized digital identity, SSI also upholds several principles:

  • Existence: Users must have an independent existence.
  • Control: Users must control their identities.
  • Access: Users must have access to their own data.
  • Transparency: Systems and algorithms must be transparent.
  • Persistence: Identities must be enduring.
  • Portability: Information and services about identity must be portable.
  • Interoperability: Identities should be as widely usable as possible.
  • Consent: Users must agree to the use of their identity.
  • Minimization: Disclosure of claims must be minimized.
  • Protection: Users' rights must be safeguarded.

Why Create a Digital Self-Sovereign Identity System?

The main reason to establish a digital self-sovereign identity system lies in the outdated current methods. Today's digital identity is fragmented, stored in centralized systems based on large databases, highly susceptible to attacks and information theft. Plus, users lack the capability to manage their own data.

Hence, a model breaking away from this centralized system was necessary. Its advantages:

  • Enhanced security: Decentralizing information reduces the risk of attacks on large databases and eliminates a single point of failure.
  • Monopoly prevention: It stops a single entity from controlling the identity information of the entire population, fostering market competition and innovation.
  • Total user control: Individuals have full control over their data, deciding who accesses it and how it's used.
  • Increased privacy: It minimizes the amount of personal information shared with third parties, boosting individual privacy protection.
  • Unrestricted access: Users have complete access to their data and can use it without third-party imposed limitations.
  • Decentralized infrastructure: It establishes a secure, uncensorable, and attack-resistant infrastructure where users autonomously manage their identities.

Didit Gives You Complete Control Over Your Data

Didit is at the forefront of self-sovereign digital identity, dedicated to making the internet more human and safeguarding privacy rights. Our technology grants individuals complete control over their data within the unique framework of their identity.

How do we do it? Didit empowers people to prove their humanity and verify their identities using advanced NFC technology and biometrics integrated with Artificial Intelligence, while keeping all their documents and credentials interconnected.

This progress means individuals can choose precisely which identifiers to share, protecting their broader information. Additionally, users have the autonomy to retract data access from third parties whenever they choose.

If you're ready to embrace self-sovereign identity, begin your Didit journey by clicking the next button.

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