Juniper Research says its study also found that civic identity apps, where government-issued identities are held in an app, will account for almost 90% of digital identity apps installed globally in 2025.
The jump in use of the apps is driven by the increasing use of civic identity in emerging markets and the lasting impact of the pandemic, with Juniper saying that the “unprecedented shift to digital services during the pandemic across the world will stimulate rapid growth in civic identity”.
Research co-author Nick Maynard said: “Civic identity apps have come into their own as a way to boost digital financial participation, particularly in emerging economies.
“Post-pandemic, this capability will be crucial in enabling increased digital engagement,” he said.
The research also found that blockchain will be important to the future of digital identity, with blockchain-based third-party digital identity apps accounting for 16% of all installed third-party identity apps in 2025.
But according to Juniper, this is not necessarily the much-lauded self-sovereign model, “where numerous parties such as banks, identity providers and mobile network operators work together to provide identity as a part of a wider network”.
“Blockchain will be an effective way to secure federated access to data, injecting trust and transparency,” Juniper Research concludes.