Title: Securing personal identity using blockchain

Authors: Mohith C. Shekar; H.L. Gururaj; Francesco Flammini

Addresses: Department of CS&E, Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering, Mysuru 570002, India ' Department of CS&E, Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering, Mysuru 570002, India ' IDSIA USI-SUPSI, Department of Innovative Technologies, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, Via la Santa 1, 6962 Lugano, Switzerland

Abstract: Sharing of identity information is common and is used to avail different kinds of benefits from the organisations. But this process is becoming trustless and complicated because of the involvement of physical documents or sharing through third-party online service providers. To overcome this, the paper proposes a decentralised way of sharing users' identity information with organisations by using blockchain technology. The information stored in blockchain becomes tamper-less and credible. The identity information of the user is tagged with their public key. So, whenever the user wishes to share identity information, they simply share their public key to the organisation and provide access to them. Also, by making use of smart contracts only required information is shared with the organisation for a limited period. This avoids the leakage of identity information.

Keywords: Ethereum; identity; IPFS; authentication; security; trust; smart contract.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCCBS.2022.10045582

International Journal of Critical Computer-Based Systems, 2022 Vol.10 No.3, pp.248 - 267

Received: 01 Dec 2021
Accepted: 04 Jan 2022

Published online: 07 Mar 2022 *

Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article