Online identification with iDIN

10 Feb 2017 | Genoveva Geppaart

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The Dutch banks have jointly developed an online identification service called iDIN (identificatie inloggen)It is available for companies and organisations with online services. It can be used to identify yourself online, e.g. in a web shop, with insurance companies (including health insurance providers)k and the Tax Authorities

iDIN is currently offered by the following banks ABN AMRO, ASN, ING, Rabobank, RegioBank, SNS and Triodus. If you have an account with one of these banks and you use internet banking, you can already use iDIN.

 

It works in a similar way as internet banking:

• You want, for example, to make an account in a web shop
• You choose iDIN as identification method
• You choose the bank you use
• You will see the iDIN start screen of your bank
• You login in the same way as when you use internet banking
• The data the web shop would like to have is already filled in
• You click on agree (akkoord)
• You return to the website of the web shop

 

According to the banks,  iDIN is equally safe as internet banking. 

iDIN is not meant as a replacement for DigiD;  the government (e.g. the Tax Authorities) plans to offer both DigiD and iDIN

 

iDIN is only meant as a way to identify yourself with data such as name, address, gender, age, date of birthThe banks will never give information about your financial position via iDIN. Banks are not able to find out which websites you visited and what you ordered online. When you use iDIN,  you don’t have to create an account on every single website (e.g. web shop) and remember the password you use. It will give companies and organisations certainty about your identity. 

 

 

iDin is still in its infancy. In 2016, several pilots took place and it is now available with a limited number of companies and organisations. In 2017, it will become possible to use it with the Tax Authorities and some health insurance companies. It is expected that  the number of companies and organisations offering iDIN to their customers will gradually grow.

 

Keep in mind that iDIN is only available for companies and organisations within the Netherlands. You cannot use it when you shop with e.g. Amazon.com or login with Facebook. 

 

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