Our Mission

The Secure ID Coalition is an affiliation of companies providing digital security solutions for identification documents, including contactless smart cards. Our mission is to promote the understanding and appropriate use of smart card technology to achieve enhanced security for enhanced ID management systems, while maintaining user privacy.

Such ID management systems include physical and/or logical access to facilities and networks.

Our Partners

Working with the following groups to help lead the charge for secure identification systems

Citizen Privacy Rights

Coalition members support specific citizen privacy rights as follows:

Privacy of personal information as defined by all relevant regulations and laws, principally the body of laws known as the Fair Information Practices.

Confidence that ID documents have been appropriately secured against threats of fraudulent access to personal information.

Knowledge of

  • 1what data is contained in electronic ID document;

  • 2how that data will be collected, secured and transmitted;

  • 3the presence of radio frequency (RF) technology in ID documents;

  • 4when, where and why an RF device is being read.

Secure ID News to Know

  • Data Privacy Day 2015: Highlighting the Importance of Data Stewardship

    Virtually everyone would agree that organizations that collect, store, and access personal data should be held responsible in the event that the data is improperly accessed or released, from companies collecting data on digital consumers and governments collecting data on digital citizens. Nevertheless, the cultural norms and legal infrastructure necessary to promote responsible data stewardship are still in their infancy, and many executives and administrators have a difficult time justifying cybersecurity expenses that add little to the organization's bottom line over the short term.

  • GSA SmartPay Program Sets a High Standard for Security

    The General Services Administration (GSA), the federal agency responsible for coordinating payment card distribution across the federal government, has launched the GSA SmartPay Program to secure federal payment cards secured with chip-and-PIN technology and save taxpayer dollars.

    This is exciting news for payment authentication because, while most U.S. banks have announced that they will be issuing less secure ‘chip-and-signature’ credit cards, the federal government will set an important example by issuing all of its payment cards using the more secure ‘chip-and-PIN’ protocol. U.S. financial institutions should follow the SmartPay program’s lead and reduce payment fraud by issuing chip-and-PIN cards.

  • Secure Smart Cards & Mobile Payments: Innovation for Today…and Tomorrow

    Today, The Hill published the Secure ID Coalition's response to Daniel Castro's recent op-ed describing chip-enabled smartcards as an "old" and "outdated" technology. Mr. Castro, of the Center for Data Innovation, could not have been more wrong. Chip & PIN, delivered on a smart card, is the only mature secure payment technology that has successfully protected tens of millions of consumers from actual fraud and identity theft. One day, mobile payments will be a convenient secure way to help consumers conduct their financial transactions, but this emerging technology has many years of development, standardization and interoperability ahead.

    You can read our full response by clicking here.