Mastercard Partners With Microsoft for New Digital Identity Platform

Microsoft and Mastercard are teaming up to build a new digital identity platform, the companies announced today. The partnership will involve Mastercard working closely with Microsoft to bring its idea to life.

Mastercard’s idea, for the time being, mostly seems like a concept. The company wants to create a new service that will allow users to instantly and securely verify their identity wherever they want. The company essentially wants to make a universally-recognized system that will make verifying your identity way faster than before.

It’s not clear exactly what Microsoft role is here in this partnership, though it seems like the software giant will be delivering the backend power needed for such a large, universal system with Azure. “Microsoft and Mastercard are bringing together their respective strengths – Microsoft’s expertise in identity technology and Mastercard’s expertise in securely orchestrating digital interactions in a complex, multi-stakeholder ecosystem,” the companies announced.

Microsoft and Mastercard hope to share more details on their partnership in the coming months, so hopefully, things will get more clear in some time.

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  • waethorn

    03 December, 2018 - 12:32 pm

    <p>So who is Microsoft selling your purchase history to?</p><p><br></p><p>Remember, Mastercard already sold their users soul to Google with a similar deal.</p><p><br></p><p></p>

  • matsan

    Premium Member
    03 December, 2018 - 12:43 pm

    <p>Dear Lord! Please let this be an international endeavor. </p>

  • ponsaelius

    03 December, 2018 - 1:58 pm

    <p>I guess that means it will be US only and won't impact mobile devices </p>

  • MutualCore

    03 December, 2018 - 1:58 pm

    <p>Microsoft Pay, incoming.</p>

    • waethorn

      03 December, 2018 - 2:42 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#377344">In reply to MutualCore:</a></em></blockquote><p>They already have that. AFAIK nobody uses it.</p>

  • Bats

    03 December, 2018 - 2:03 pm

    <p>That image of Satya is a Steve Jobs ripoff.</p>

    • Chris_Kez

      Premium Member
      03 December, 2018 - 3:21 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#377347">In reply to Bats:</a></em></blockquote><p>Silhouetted profile portraits predate Steve Jobs.</p>

      • Chris

        Premium Member
        04 December, 2018 - 2:54 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#377382">In reply to Chris_Kez:</a></em></blockquote><p>And yet, nothing existed before Steve Jobs. He created it all… apparently…</p>

    • TechsUK

      04 December, 2018 - 8:24 am

      <a href="#377347"><em>In reply to Bats:</em></a></blockquote><p>Hitchcock, I thought</p>

    • dontbe evil

      04 December, 2018 - 8:28 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#377347">In reply to Bats:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>"good artists copy, great artist steal" (s. job…ehm no Pablo Picasso)</p>

  • dcdevito

    03 December, 2018 - 2:25 pm

    <p>Sounds like something I definitely want, I'm just not sure for what though exactly. If something like this can replace using the last 4 of your SSN, I'm in. </p>

  • CaedenV

    03 December, 2018 - 2:36 pm

    <p>So… Microsoft can't even keep their own auth applicaitons running, and they want to make a universal system for everyone to authenticate off of?</p><p>… I'm going to need more popcorn for this</p>

  • BigM72

    03 December, 2018 - 3:22 pm

    <p>Trusted identity would be really valuable in today's world. But also a double-edged sword when it comes to tracking etc.</p>

  • Daekar

    04 December, 2018 - 4:45 am

    <p>They should just use SQRL. </p>

  • chrisrut

    Premium Member
    04 December, 2018 - 11:18 am

    <p>Whether this be <em>the</em> solution or not, a solution of exactly this scope is dearly needed, and inevitable, as an integral part of eliminating password-based authentication. Which would thus radically alter the security/privacy landscape (as BigM72 said, it is a double-edged sword).</p>


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