USPS Files Patent To Use Blockchain Tech In User Identity Verification

The United States Postal Service (USPS) had filed a patent last September for a system with public and private keys and a “block chain [sic] component” for authenticating user information, according to a patent filing released yesterday, March 22, by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

The patent, titled “Methods and Systems for a Digital Trust Architecture,” notes that users today cannot always be sure that online transactions are secure and trustworthy:

“As more of life’s daily interactions move to online activities, it is apparent that the tools that provide trust to the users are lacking in their ability to adequately provide a desired level of security. Tools that have evolved from physical interactions, like face-to-face communication, and the ability to “go there” to resolve issues, are not possible in a digital environment.”

In order to address this issue, the USPS seeks to implement a “digital trust architecture” made up of a “user account enrollment and verification component” based on user identity information; a “key provisioning component configured to generate a public and private key for the user account;” […]

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