Electronic Identity Verification in Portugal

Fast Growth with Respect to Privacy
  • GDC covers over 60% of the adult population in Portugal. 60%

With Portugal’s economic outlook combined with evolving data privacy and protection regulations often make it both difficult and increasingly necessary to provide electronic identity verification. Our data providers cover approximately 60% of the adult population with the follow elements: First Name, Surname, Address and DOB.

Since coming out of the global recession in 2009, Portugal has experienced faster growth compared to the broader global economy with GDP growth greater than 1.7% since 2017. This can be contributed to the economy’s shift towards an investment and export-oriented growth model that continues post-reform efforts. However, despite the business opportunity in Portugal, the country has had a long history of protecting citizen’s privacy and regulating data collection even before GDPR. This poses some risks if not verifying customers. In April of 2018, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved Draft Law No. 67/2018 that ensured the implementation of the GDPR in Portugal.

The country was one of the very first to use GDPR powers and fine a hospital for violation of the rules. Portugal is one of the few countries with no recent record of government surveillance activities. In 2015, Portugal’s Constitutional Court judges decided to block legislation that would have allowed intelligence agencies in the country to have access to private communication metadata. With Portugal’s economic outlook combined with evolving data privacy and protection regulations often make it both difficult and increasingly necessary to provide electronic identity verification. Our data providers cover approximately 60% of the adult population with the following elements: First Name, Surname, Address, and DOB.

Verifiable Data Elements in Portugal

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Name

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Address

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Date of Birth

Data Sources Available for Portugal Identity Verification

With GDC’s Data as a Service model, all data is stored and maintained in Portugal in compliance with the CNPD – Comissão Nacional de Protecção de Dados – the Portuguese Data Protection Authority. 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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