Digital Governance Standards Institute Releases New Standard for Authentication of Remote Biometrics for Public Review.

The Digital Governance Standards Institute (DGSI) is proud to announce the release of proposed national standard, CAN/DGSI 120:2023, Guidance for authentication of remote biometrics for public review.

The use of biometric matching to verify identity has become pervasive in recent years. From its early association with latent fingerprint matching as part of criminal investigations, biometric technology has advanced to be used as part of border crossings, financial transactions, and even unlocking mobile devices. Over time, more of these applications have come to rely on remote biometric matching where the individual identifies themselves without any visit to a commercial or government site.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the desire for remote biometrics has accelerated as government and businesses figure out how to engage with individuals without requiring in-person interactions. In many cases remote biometrics are now being used to onboard individuals into new systems and not just for individual transactions within existing systems. In these cases, the chain of trust for the entire system is dependent upon the validity of the initial remote biometric transaction.

“We hope that this standard starts to address a significant gap that exists, there is a need to explain the specific issues of remote biometric matching and how the different components can be combined to provide authentication of the remote biometric matching process with different levels of security that are suitable for different applications. All entities deploying remote biometrics could benefit from such guidance. Your input is valuable – we are asking for the public’s input on this standard and welcome discussions with all people who share an interest in building the trust of all Canadians.”

– Darryl Kingston, Executive Director, Digital Governance Standards Institute


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For media inquiries:

Julia Hancock
Senior Project Manager, Standards
Digital Governance Standards Institute


About the Digital Governance Council

The Digital Governance Council is a member-driven organization that acts as a cross-sector neutral convener for Canada’s executive leaders to identify, prioritize and act on digital governance opportunities and challenges. The Council leads an Executive Forum for council members, sets technology governance standards through the Digital Governance Standards Institute and certifies the compliance of Canadian organizations in the management of the effective and efficient use of digital technologies. To learn more about the organization and its initiatives, visit or contact


About the Digital Governance Standards Institute

The Digital Governance Standards Institute develops digital technology governance standards fit for global use. The Institute works with experts, as well as national and global partners and the public to develop national standards that reduce risk to Canadians and Canadian organizations adopting and using innovative digital technologies in today’s digital economy. The Institute is an independent division of the Digital Governance Council. To learn more about the organization and its initiatives, visit or contact

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