How is Digital Trust integral to Konfir?

By Chris Milligan

What is Digital Trust? 

Digital trust is an important component of today’s increasingly connected world, where the internet has become an essential platform for the free flow of information and impacts individuals, businesses, and society. To ensure that everyone may operate with privacy, the technology community, governments, and corporate boards need to invest in digital trust.

In recognition of the internet’s transformative role, the U.S. government and 60 global partners issued the Declaration for the Future of the Internet. This declaration is dedicated to “a positive vision for the Internet,” pledging to support an internet that is “open, free, global, interoperable, reliable, and secure.” The declaration also affirms principles such as protecting people’s foundational rights and freedoms, promoting the unfettered flow of information, and enabling affordable connectivity for everyone. Two of the most important principles in the declaration are a commitment to “promote trust in the global digital ecosystem, including through protection of privacy” and “protect and strengthen the multistakeholder approach to governance that keeps the Internet running for the benefit of all.”

Digital trust is built on three key pillars: identity authentication, integrity, and encryption. Identity authentication is important for organisations, individual users, machines, workloads, containers, and services, while integrity ensures that an object hasn’t been tampered with. Encryption is used to protect data in transit. Public key infrastructure (PKI) is at the heart of these pillars, using digital certificates to closely bind identity to an object or person. PKI is used to securely exchange information, including emails, documents, and data, and it is the foundation of trust on the internet.

Digital Trust in Employment Screening

Digital trust is especially important in employment screening, as both businesses and individuals need to be able to trust the quality of employment data. Employment data is a crucial factor in hiring and employment decisions, and it is essential that this data be accurate and reliable. If businesses and individuals cannot trust the employment and income information they are using, it can lead to poor hiring decisions, misunderstandings, and other negative outcomes.

Furthermore, digital trust is essential for protecting the privacy of individuals in the employment screening process. In a survey conducted by McKinsey, 80% of respondents said that they would be more likely to use digital identity and attributes products if they offered strong privacy protection and control over their personal data. By building digital trust in the employment screening process, we can ensure that personal data is used responsibly and that individuals have control over how their data is used.

The UK has a number of laws and regulations in place that help to protect digital trust in the employment screening process, including the Data Protection Act 2018 (which closely follows the General Data Protection Regulation) and now the UK Digital Identity and Attributes Trust Framework (DIATF)

These laws and government guidance ensure that personal data is used responsibly and that individuals have control over how their data is used. They also help to protect the privacy of individuals and ensure that their data is not misused or mishandled.

Digital Trust at Konfir

At Konfir, we take the privacy and security of our users seriously, adhering to the rules and standards of the UK Digital Identity and Attributes Trust Framework (DIATF), which includes guidelines on privacy, security, and control over personal data. We also operate in line with GDPR and ISO27001 standards, so you can trust that we are handling your data securely and responsibly.

We understand that trust is built on transparency, and that’s why we are always upfront about how we use data and what our business model is. Konfir is the only certified provider of employment data under the UK DIATF, a set of rules and standards designed to establish trust in digital identity products in the UK. As a certified provider, we offer instant employment verification to employment screening providers and other businesses, helping organisations to verify the information they need in a reliable and trustworthy way.

Whether you’re a candidate looking to verify your employment and income information, or a business seeking reliable data for employment screening, we make sure to clearly communicate what we are doing and why. Konfir also makes sure to get explicit consent from candidates before verifying their employment information. This ensures that individuals have control over their personal data and can feel confident that it is being used only for its intended purpose.

And when it comes to the reliability of our data, we’ve got you covered there too. We use trusted data sources, including open banking and payroll information, as well as our proprietary technology, to provide insights that businesses can rely on. We also adhere to principles of data minimisation, only collecting and using the data that is necessary for our services and not retaining it for longer than is necessary.

Digital trust in the employment screening process is paramount, and we are committed to providing reliable and trustworthy employment verification services. By choosing Konfir, businesses and individuals can have confidence in the accuracy and reliability of the data they are using to make important decisions. In a world where digital trust is more important than ever, Konfir is the perfect choice for establishing trust in the digital world.

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