Editorial

It’s official: Government wants your help to decide our post-Verify future

Got a view on how Government can support the development and secure use of Digital Identities fit for the UK’s growing digital economy? Now’s your chance

Posted 22 July 2019 by

The Government has opened a public consultation on what should happen to Digital Identity when direct subsidy of its Verify scheme ends next March.

Specifically, it’s asking for views on “how government can support the development and secure use of Digital Identities fit for the UK’s growing digital economy” – you can do so right here, digital-identity-cfe@culture.gov.uk.

The call for evidence is being directed at all interested parties, including citizens and businesses, organisations who anticipate being a consumer or creator of such ID tools or services, and those focused on protecting civil liberties.

DCMS, the Department launching the consultation, adds that it also wants to encourage “responses from individuals or organisations who represent the interests of citizens, vulnerable or otherwise, who are susceptible to being digitally excluded, as well as individuals or organisations who represent citizens with a particular protected characteristic”.

There’s a very useful backgrounder here that covers many of the main areas of debate in the sector, including what the future role of Government should be – so we encourage all past and future participants in the Think Digital Identity For Government conferences to make their voices heard.

Don’t forget the closing day, if you want your views to have a chance to be represented: the consultation closes at 11:59pm on the 15th September, 2019.