Data and securityGDS outlines Verify priorities for next 18 months

GDS outlines Verify priorities for next 18 months

The Government Digital Service (GDS) has confirmed its priorities for GOV.UK Verify for the next 18 months.

The Government Digital Service (GDS) has confirmed its priorities for GOV.UK Verify for the next 18 months.

Writing in a blog post, the GDs has moved to clarify next steps for the digital identity programme after it was announced earlier this year that the government is to hand responsibility for the GOV.UK Verify identity assurance programme to the private sector.

The priorities outlined are:

Help make the standards for digital identity easier to follow and use

For the digital identity standards to be widely used, they need to be flexible and clear enough to meet a range of needs. That’s why GDS will be continuing to work with private and public sector organisations to:

  • make the government identity standards easier to understand and use
  • make sure people can use more types of identity evidence to prove it’s really them

Help digital identities work across private and public sector services

Users should only have to prove their identity online once. GDS wants to remove barriers so that digital identities work across sectors, enabling users to reuse the same digital identity to access different services.

Make better use of government data

The government has data about its users that public and private organisations can use to help verify users’ identities. This data is never stored in one place or shared without users’ permission.

Making better use of it means more users can prove who they are online and access more services faster.

Help build confidence in the digital identity market

GDS says it knows it needs to help private sector organisations broaden the usage and application of digital identity and grow the emerging market.

By working with organisations and users to provide a clear data, standards and assurance model, it will open up the market and build private and public sector understanding of the importance of a standards-based approach to identity checking.

It will not be doing it alone

GDS will continue to work with other parts of government, standards bodies, trade associations, GOV.UK Verify identity providers and other private sector organisations to ensure digital identity is used to protect services from cyber threats, and other malicious activity.

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