Today we are happy to announce an exciting new phase in the Identity Assurance Programme as we develop user-focused identity services for exemplar transactions as part of the transformation of government digital services. Five of the Identity Providers on the cross-government identity assurance framework (Digidentity, Experian, Mydex, The Post Office, and Verizon) have now signed contracts to deliver our first live services.
The identity assurance service will enable people to assert their identity online safely and securely, and allow government to be confident that users of online services are who they say they are.
We are pleased that these suppliers have chosen to invest in this phase of the programme and work with government to create this new market. We will now be working closely with those that have signed, who represent the range of types of providers needed to make online identity provision a success.
The number and nature of organisations engaging with the Identity Assurance Programme is growing. Helping industries understand and develop identity assurance is an important part of what we do – and we’re doing it transparently via the Open Identity Exchange (OIX) forum. Working together in this way is proving to be mutually beneficial for government, for identity providers and for the people who will be using the service once it’s live.
Our contracted suppliers are working closely with us and the government departments in an agile way to develop the service and help us understand and meet future needs. Inevitably, new features and capabilities will be required as the service matures and we’ll add these into our next phases.
This is a rapidly developing marketplace, and Cabinet Office is pleased to continue to support and manage this for all of government to provide a better, faster and safer way for users to access government transactional services.
We’ll be posting news of our first Beta services soon.