The UK government has released more details this week about its new Identity Assurance Programme, branded as “Gov.UK Verify”. The scheme launched in mid-October and is intended to be a quick, easy and secure way in which users of online government services can verify their identity. This will be checked against a range of sources, including utility providers, mobile phone companies and credit reference agencies. Users will be given one log-in to access all online public services and their personal data will be joined up across all the services and stored securely. This week, the government published more information, aimed at both users and government agencies, about the nature and integrity of the scheme.

Cabinet office – Identity Assurance – 5 November 2014 and Identity Assurance Blog – 5 November 2014