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Deloitte enters the Polkadot ecosystem to issue reusable digital credentials Deloitte enters the Polkadot ecosystem to issue reusable digital credentials

Deloitte enters the Polkadot ecosystem to issue reusable digital credentials

Deloitte will issue signed credentials leveraging the KILT blockchain. Users can manage their credentials using a browser extension wallet.

Deloitte enters the Polkadot ecosystem to issue reusable digital credentials

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Deloitte, one of the world’s largest accounting firms, is integrating the KILT blockchain, a Polkadot parachain focusing on decentralized identities and verifiable credentials, Polkadot announced on May 4.

Deloitte will use KILT to support its know-your-customer (KYC) and know-your-business (KYB) processes, which are vital to protect institutions against fraud, corruption, money laundering, and other crimes.

According to KILT, the typical KYC/KYB process is laden with inefficiencies. It sometimes involves verifying paper-based documents and customer data is stored across multiple platforms, creating privacy risks. Moreover, after the verification, a certificate is issued, which can only be used once by the verifier while the customer never receives the certificate.

With reusable KYC and KYB credentials generated using KILT’s identity infrastructure, credentials are stored inside the users’ wallets on their own devices. This gives the user complete control over their data at all times. It is up to the user to decide how and which data points of their credentials they share, and with whom. To help users manage and share their credentials, Deloitte will offer a wallet as a browser extension.

Ingo Rรผbe, CEO of BOTLabs and founder of KILT Protocol, said:

โ€With streamlined identity solutions โ€œBuilt on KILTโ€, customers can use verifiable digital credentials across multiple services, while retaining control over when and where to share their personal information.”

The reusable credentials have multiple use cases, such as regulatory compliance for banking and Decentralized Finance (DeFi), age verification for e-commerce, private logins, and fundraising.

Micha Bitterli, Head of Deloitte Managed Services, said:

โ€œDigital credentials that are convenient, cost-effective and secure have the potential to open new digital marketplaces, from e-commerce and DeFi to gaming. Deloitte has the technology knowledge, reach and trust to issue credentials that are globally accepted.โ€

The issued credentials are signed by Deloitte and the firm can revoke them using blockchain if there are any changes to a user’s status after the credentials were issued.

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