Electronic Identity Verification in Spain

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  • GDC covers over 70% of the addressable adult population in Spain. 70%
Spain emerged from the economic recession as one of Western Europe’s important markets. The growing purchasing power of its middle class has attracted the attention of many multi-national companies.
For businesses that require electronic identity verification to confirm the true identities of their customers, Spain has been a challenge. Its private credit bureaus cover only 14 percent of the adult population, and its data privacy regulations are among the world’s most strict. Data privacy in Spain is governed by the country’s Data Protection Act and regulated by the General Data Protection Registry (the AEPD in Spanish). The law gives Spanish citizens a high degree of control over their personal information and what entities get access to it. Data collectors must provide clear disclosure on ways they will use personal data, receive consent from the subject and register all data sets with the AEPD. GDC has worked directly with in-country Spanish partners to create data sets that comply with Spain and EU law, are registered with the AEPD and can be accessed through the GDC platform for the purpose of instant electronic identity verification. The data is derived from government, commercial and consumer sources. With 70 percent coverage of Spain’s adult population, GDC’s solution helps fill the void created by the country’s low credit bureau participation.

Verifiable Data Elements in Spain






Date of Birth


National ID



Data Sources Available for Identity Verification in Spain
With GDC’s Data as a Service model, all data is stored and maintained in Spain in compliance with the country’s Data Protection Act, its related Data Protection Regulations, 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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