Electronic Identity Verification in Belgium
World’s 6th Largest Economy
- GDC covers over 70% of the addressable Belgian adult population. 70%
Belgium, a wealthy country with a GDP of over 430 billion Euros, surprisingly has an ecommerce market of only 10 billion Euros despite an 89% internet penetration in the market. Even with over 69% of people having a smartphone in the country, the mobile ecommerce is only 15% of the total ecommerce market.
These figures are influenced by the amount of red tape that ecommerce businesses must deal with. Recently, employees were not allowed to work overnight shifts by the government, which posed a major problem for next day deliveries. The slow growth in ecommerce is also influenced by the split in Belgium between French-speaking Wallonia and Dutch-speaking Flanders, hindering multinational companies’ operations as they must deal with multiple languages and cultures.
The future of the Belgian ecommerce market, however, looks very bright. The government has started supporting local ecommerce businesses to withstand competition from global market players such as Amazon to encourage better delivery times and more accessible marketplaces. Discount ecommerce businesses have also entered the market, providing better value for consumers. Finally, the rise in social media among the 16-24 age group means retailers now have dynamic channels to promote their products. The Belgian government has adopted new legislation for data protection in line with the GDPR, thus making it an even market in terms of privacy with the rest of the world.
Verifiable Data Elements in Belgium
Date of Birth
Data Sources Available for Belgium Identity Verification
With GDC’s Data as a Service model, all data is stored and maintained in Belgium in compliance with the country’s Federal Data Protection Act and the EU Data Protection Directive. The sources are independent reference data sets that are qualified for identity verification use cases, and they are reliably updated and maintained by GDC’s data partners. No personally identifiable information leaves the source databases in the process of verifying identities.
How Global Data Consortium Works
The GDC global identity verification platform integrates the best available data and verification intelligence curated from our dozens of in-country partners. Each partner maintains identity verification solutions in their home country, helping in-country clients solve a variety of business problems. They deliver the most reliable identity verification results because they speak the language, understand the regulatory environment, and offer local expertise. Before joining the consortium, partners are required to go through a thorough vetting process, and their data must pass rigorous testing before it is released to GDC customers. But once they qualify to participate, they are our true partners and a big part of the GDC difference.
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