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Tech Sector Calls on Government to 'Urgently' Resolve Delays in Digital Identity Policy

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Writing for ComputerWorld, Bryan Glick reports on major delays in the UK’s digital identity policy and implementation scheme, as well as public frustration from the UK tech industry

Glick reports how trade body, TechUK, has written to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, highlighting digital identity possibilities in Britain during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as requesting urgent action around digital identity policy.

“Policy around digital identity has been affected by Whitehall in-fighting between the Cabinet Office, where the Government Digital Service (GDS) owns the troubled Verify programme, and Dowden’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which has policy responsibility for the wider digital economy.”

Glick also notes how the Verify programme, an attempted digital identity verification scheme from the UK Government which is being scaled back and will be shut down, is creating a complex backdrop for TechUK’s appeal.

This is a desperate appeal from leading tech companies to ask government to stop festering its own monopoly identity scheme Verify, and start enabling the private sector with scalable data access, so it can do its part to solve the obscene levels of digital fraud we are now seeing, by using assured digital ID

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