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Next Steps Outlined for UK’s Use of Digital Identity

– U.K. Government Digital Service

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  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 7 September 2020

The UK government’s plans to update existing laws on identity checking

Six principles have been announced by a newly-created Digital Identity Strategy Board, which have been designed to strengthen digital identity delivery and policy in the UK.

"Leaders in the tech, business and civil society sectors have welcomed the government’s plans to enable the use of digital identity across the UK, with plans to update existing laws and a new set of guiding principles for policy development."

The six principles, which also aim to boost the use and security of digital identity, fall into the following categories: Privacy, Transparency, Inclusivity, Interoperability, Proportionality, and Good Governance.

The proposals come after it was revealed 2.6 million people made a claim for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme online since its launch on 13 May 2020, with 1.4 million having no prior digital identity credentials and needing to pass through HMRC’s identity verification service

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