Spain is once again becoming the global benchmark for standards. On this occasion in the area of essential digital transformation. The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, has published the standard UNE 71307-1 Digital Enabling Technologies. A decentralized identity management model for blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies.
It is the first global standard for decentralized digital identity management based on blockchain and distributed registry technologies (DLT). This is a milestone.
The UNE standard defines a general frame of reference for the decentralized issuance, management and use of these attributes, which facilitate the characterization (identification) of persons or organizations and enable them to create and control their own digital identity in a self-managed manner without having to create and control them use centralized authorities.
Blockchain technology goes hand in hand with UNE
Standardized models for decentralized management of identity information are the ideal way to ensure that companies can ensure the security of their processes and individuals can protect their privacy, while maintaining absolute control over their individual identity compared to traditional centralized models. Among other benefits, you can avoid potential internet spoofing.
The Spanish standard UNE 71307-1 provides a number of basic concepts and processes for decentralized identity management so that the technological systems that support it can meet the relevant business, contractual and regulatory requirements.
This standard was developed in the Technical Standardization Committee CTN 71 / SC 307 of the UNE with the participation and consensus of all parties involved. CTN 71 on digital activation technologies was set up at the suggestion of the State Secretary for Digitization and Artificial Intelligence.
Employees have been analyzing this standard since 2019
With the publication of the standard in July 2019, intensive work began with the creation of the GT1 working group of CTN 71 / SC 307, which was responsible for developing the standard. These efforts represent a major milestone in the joint work of the Spanish experts who developed the standard. In fact, more than 30 meetings were held in person and online for its development.
This standard will serve as the basis for the future development of other normative references in the field of decentralized handling of identity information and the Spanish standardization authority has proposed to make it a European standard before the European standardization bodies CEN and CENELEC.
It is important to mention that the disruption of decentralized technologies at the beginning of the 21st century, which are based on distributed registers and especially on blockchains or blockchain, represented a real paradigm shift.
The possibilities offered by this new technological context opened the doors to a scenario in which traditional centralized organizational and computational approaches were obsolete, giving way to a new connection between decentralization and disintermediation.
In this context, the digital identification processes were not independent of the above situation. To make decentralized identity one of the most obvious application examples for such technologies and the tool with which people can regain control and responsibility over their own digital identity.
Via the Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE
The Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE) is legally responsible for the development of technical standards, better known as standards. The standards reflect the market consensus on best practice in key aspects for the competitiveness of organizations, which is the result of the joint work of economic sectors and administrations.
In order to, UNE helps organizations to successfully cope with the challenges they face in areas such as innovation, digitization and Industry 4.0, cybersecurity, export and social responsibility or the effective implementation of public guidelines.
More than 12,000 experts participate in preparation in one of the 222 technical standardization committees that carry out their work at UNE.
He is the Spanish representative before the international standardization bodies (ISO and IEC), the Europeans (CEN and CENELEC) and in COPANT (America). It is also the Spanish standards body in ETSI. UNE brings the voice of Spanish experts to world forums where important standards for their competitiveness are discussed.
It is also developing an intensive work of international cooperation with more than 900 activities already carried out, which support the development of a high-quality infrastructure solid in regions relevant to Spanish business interests.