The Great ID Debate – Who Owns My Identity Data?

Thursday 17 December 2020 @ 3pm GMT

After the success of the first Great ID Debate, which took on the thorny issue of whether we are rushing into an unknown digital identity future, we take on a topic that featured heavily in the discussions as a starting point for the second debate.

As governments increasingly realise the benefits of using digital identities for public health, economic development and eServices, concerns are rising in regards to the practical and ethical implications of sharing citizens’ identity data with corporations who have a role to play in delivering those services. 

At the heart of the matter there is a question of ‘who owns my identity data?’,  but balanced against that is the notion of ‘public good’ and the role that governments should play to facilitate societal improvements.

The case is finely poised as we invite you to join us for The Great ID Debate Round 2. The debate will follow a classic format adapted slightly for the online world, so will have a proposer and an opposer of the motion that ‘Commercial Organisations Should Not be Permitted to Handle Government Identity Data.’

Let your voice be heard and your vote be counted as Joshua Mármol from GET Secure ID proposes the motion and Husayn Kassai from Onfido opposes it. 

Joshua Mármol – proposing the motion

Joshua Mármol is Managing Director of GET Secure ID Corp for GET Group’s LATAM business division, where he manages the business strategy for growing GET Group’s presence in that region and is focused on introducing ISO standards-based digital identity solutions to market.   He also holds the role of General Counsel for the GET Passport and ID Division. Joshua holds a BA  (Magna Cum Laude) from Boston College in History and Theology. He obtained his Juris Doctor (cum laude) from Boston College and is a passionate advocate for the societal benefits that unique digital identities can gain for all world citizens. 

Husayn Kassai – opposing the motion

Husayn Kassai is the Onfido Co-Founder and CEO, World Economic Forum ‘Tech Pioneer’, Forbes Contributor & ‘30 Under 30’. He has a BA in Economics and Management, Oxford University. Founded in 2012, Onfido has grown to a team of 400; received over $200 million in funding; and works with over 1,500 fintech, banking and marketplace clients globally.

The Great ID Debate 1 – Video Recording

This House Believes that we are rushing into an unknown digital identity future

The move away from physical identity towards its digital equivalent has accelerated in response to COVID-19. But, can we trust the managers of the massive digital databases being created to handle our personally identifiable information with competence and use it solely for the purpose intended?

In light of this, we invite you to join us as we debate this important question. The debate will follow a classic format adapted slightly for the online world, so will have a proposer and an opposer of the motion that ‘This House Believes that we are rushing into an unknown digital identity future’.

Let your voice be heard and your vote be counted as Ian Lancaster proposes the motion that ‘This House Believes that we are rushing into an unknown digital identity future’ – a view that will be vigorously opposed by Joshua Mármol.