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The four big US mobile carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon — have announced they are setting up a Mobile Authentication Taskforce that will implement an initiative named Project Verify which will, according to them, be the future of mobile authentication.

The initiative, announced at the Mobile World Congress Americas which is taking place from 12 to 14 September in Los Angeles, aims to use a phone number, IP address, account tenure, phone account type and SIM card details for multifactor authentication.

The information will be loaded into a Verify app which will log the user into other apps or online websites without the need for entering authentication details. The app will also be able to handle second-factor authentication.

The device-based ID will serve as an user profile during the authentication process.

A site devoted to Project Verify says the four carriers together serve 98% of the American mobile user population, adding that the Taskforce "will also work with service-oriented businesses that require high levels of user authentication and verification, to develop the technology and its applications".

The platform will share consumer data with other companies only with their consent, according to the site.

Plugging the project, the site says: "Despite the rise of online fraud and data breaches, consumers and businesses still rely on easily-forgotten and weak usernames and passwords.

"It’s time for a comprehensive solution that reduces friction, combats fraud, and builds trust."

“This initiative expands upon our global operator initiative, Mobile Connect, to bring standardised authentication and identity services to the US market,” said Alex Sinclair, chief technology officer, GSMA, in a statement.

“The solution aims to deliver a seamless experience for service providers from many sectors, helping to drive rapid adoption and scale.”

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

 

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