Digital Identity Working Group

As our lives move more and more online and we operate increasingly in a digital world, the need to prove who we are in a digital way is becoming vital – for both individuals and companies. Old, paper methods of identification - passports, birth certificates, driving licences, utility bills - are simply not suited for an online world. The smart devices appearing everywhere in society also need a digital IDs so that they can communicate with each other. And a digital ID could act as the catalyst for connecting our financial and administrative lives. The UK has been making efforts towards this goal for some years but we still have not got there, while other EU countries have working systems.

The never-ending sets of passwords we all use; two-factor authentication for payments, biometrics, facial recognition, the government Gov.Verify system are all methods of resolving this problem. But they are limited in use, cumbersome and often too easily hacked. Some believe that distributed ledger is the technology that will provide the answer and that its ability to allow entities, independent of each other, to rely on the same shared, secure and auditable source of information fits well with a system of widespread digital identity. This working group will examine the many issues around digital ID and work towards resolving them.

This new working group will:

  • examine the different ways in which the problem of e-ID is being approached;
  • consider how interoperability could be achieved;
  • learn from working examples from other countries;
  • examine the barriers to a UK-wide digital ID and how to overcome them;
  • work within government and with stakeholders to promote solutions to digital ID in the UK;
  • examine how to strike the right balance between ease of use and security.

If you are interested in participating, please register through the techuk portal.

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