Editorial

UK government weeks away from digital identity roll-out

GDS’ Natalie Jones provided an update at Think Digital Identity for Government event, alongside a host of digital identity experts from the public and private sector

Posted 17 June 2022 by Christine Horton


The UK government is “weeks away” from launching its first end-to-end authentication and identity platform. The Disclosure and Barring Service will soon be the first to use the new One Login digital identity service.

The update was provided by Natalie Jones, director for digital identity at the Government Digital Service (GDS), at yesterday’s, Think Digital Identity For Government hybrid event in London.

Jones also revealed that the GDS is working with the Passport Office to understand how a vouching service could work, effectively enabling people to verify the age of others to help them prove their identities.

“This could be really huge for inclusion and we’re very excited about it, Jones told attendees. “It could really benefit people like prison leavers, for example, who have little in the way of formal documentation or digital financial footprints.”

Public and private sector experts

There were a host of digital identity experts speaking at the event, from both the public and private sector.

Cheryl Stevens MBE, digital director, shared channels experience at DWP Digital spoke about the importance of providing excellent customer experiences, regardless of the channel used.

She also said that “DWP are so leaned in to One Login, we are almost horizontal. I have got people in the team helping shape this as have other departments.”

Attendees also heard from Illana Smith and Brandon Murdoch from Microsoft UK, who shared insight into the creation of a trusted Identity fabric that can serve the entire digital estate.

There were more updates from George Muscat at the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) about the UK digital identity and attributes trust framework. He spoke on the government’s progress on the trust framework, including the new beta version which was rolled out this week.

Elsewhere, Condatis and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) talked about their partnership on several Customer Identity and Access Management (CIAM) strategy and implementation projects. Experian took to the stage with Cheryl Stevens for a panel discussion on the evolving regulatory trends shaping the identity market that impact lenders and consumers. There was also a panel featuring digital identity experts from governments around the world. Leaders from North and South America, New Zealand and Finland shared their experiences with the in-person and virtual audience.

Quality of content and discussions

The event was deemed a great success by those in attendance. Think Digital Partners founder Matt Stanley said: “Thank you to all of the people involved in bringing together yesterday’s conference; the wonderful speakers, our brilliant commercial partners and headline sponsor Microsoft UK and 300+ delegates that registered to attend the event either virtually or in person.

“We are always highly commended for the quality of our content and discussions on stage and yesterday was no different; with great speakers like Natalie Jones, Cheryl Stevens and Christophe Prince we are always confident that the discussions will be current, interesting and extremely insightful.

“The early feedback from those attending the event in Westminster is extremely positive and we are already beginning to work on the agenda for our next Digital Identity conference on November 17. Put the date in your diaries, registration will open soon.”

Register here to hear the full update from GDS – and from a host of other world-class private and public identity experts – at the Think Digital Identity for Government on-demand.