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

  • Knowledge-Based Authentication: Hardly a Smart Idea

    Unless you've been living under a rock, you've likely heard about the celebrity photo hacking incident that targeted high profile Apple users. The breach comes at a time when Apple has begun doubling down on its cloud services. According to the Wall Street Journal, the attack was successful due to a rather straightforward assault on two of Apple's authentication systems -- password-based authentication and knowledge-based authentication -- both of which pale in comparison to token-based authentication when it comes to security.

  • Major Health Data Breach is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

    Community Health Systems Inc., one of the country's largest hospital groups, revealed that it was the victim of a major patient data breach following a cyber attack from China. While no health data was stolen, the personal information of approximately 4.5 million patients – including Social Security numbers – was obtained by the hacker group. Last month, the Secure ID Coalition alerted the public to the dangers of lax heath data standards.

  • "Smartcard technology can't happen soon enough"

    In an article published Saturday, Jaikumar Vijayan, Senior Editor at Computerworld, shows how in light on ongoing data breaches, "The ongoing migration of the U.S. payment system to smartcard technology can't happen soon enough":