DCMS publishes digital identities and trust framework (beta)

21/06/2022 | UK Government

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has published a policy paper on its UK digital identity and attributes trust framework (beta version). Following feedback from over 250 organisations, there are a number of changes from the draft version published in 2021. The beta version aims to foster the development of a UK ecosystem of trusted digital identity products. One significant change is the creation of sub-roles for each of the three broad type roles providers could undertake within the framework. The sub-roles add detail to and clarify rules applying to related role types. 

Alongside the framework beta, the government has also updated its guidance on how to prove and verify someone's identity. The good Practice Guide 45 now contains additional detailed information, including examples of fraud databases for use in identity checking. A data protection impact assessment of the framework will be published at a later date.  

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In March, the government proposed legislation to improve the security of digital identities. Then in April, ICO deputy commissioner Steve Wood posted a blog about the work the ICO is doing to provide regulatory advice on how the UK Government's digital identity and attributes trust framework should address data protection. 

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