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UNE has published the first global standard on Blockchain decentralised digital identities


Spain becomes a world reference for standards once again. On this occasion in the essential field of digital transformation. The Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE) has published the Standard UNE 71307-1 Digital Enabling Technologies. Decentralised Identity Management Model on Blockchain and Other Distributed Ledger Technologies. Part 1: Reference Framework.

This milestone is the first global standard on decentralised digital identity management, based on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT).

Standard UNE 71307-1 defines a generic reference framework for the issuance, administration and decentralised use of attributes that facilitate characterisation (identification) of individuals or organisations, allowing the latter to create and self-manage their own digital identity without the need for centralised authorities.

Standardised decentralised identity information management models are the ideal way to ensure that organisations can maintain the security of their processes and that individuals can protect their privacy while maintaining absolute control over their individual identity, in contrast to traditional centralised models. Among other advantages, it allows users to avoid possible digital identity theft.

The Spanish Standard UNE 71307-1 covers a series of basic concepts and processes for decentralised identity management, with the aim of enabling the technological systems that support them to comply with relevant business, contractual and regulatory requirements.

This standard has been developed in the UNE Technical Committee for Standardisation CTN 71/SC 307, with the participation and consensus of all parties involved. The CTN 71 on digital enabling technologies was established at the behest of the Secretary of State for Digitisation and Artificial Intelligence.

The publication of the standard is the culmination of an intense project that began in July 2019 with the creation of the GT1 Working Group of CTN 71/SC 307, which has been in charge of the preparation of the standard. This joint effort by a group of Spanish experts to draw up the standard represents a major milestone. Indeed, more than 30 meetings have been held for its development, both in person and online.

This standard will serve as a basis for the future development of other regulatory references in the field of decentralised identity information processing, and the Spanish standardisation body has proposed that it become a European standard before the European standardisation organisations CEN and CENELEC.