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Exploring Over-Reliance on Blind Trust in Digital IDs

– The Alan Turing Institute

How digital identity systems can secure public trust

This article outlines a new briefing by the Turing Institute about trustworthiness in digital identity systems and how it can be improved so that, as was recently the case in Switzerland, the public does not refute plans for implementing a system over fears of data abuse. The report argues that there is a need for a universal definition of privacy, so that its level in identity schemes can be independently assessed.

“The UK’s principles-driven approach takes a significant step toward defining accountabilities for protecting users that go beyond the basics of securing systems and data. The definition of metrics for measuring and auditing systems’ alignment to principles would be another significant step.”

The article also talks about vaccine passports, where issues around security and privacy are pivotal in ensuring the technology safeguards people’s sensitive data.

Strong guidance is needed: to provide assurances that only the attributes required for the purpose will be collected and processed; to underpin protocols that optimize opportunities for preserving privacy and defend against threats of data or identity theft; and to avoid biased or inaccurate outcomes

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