Identity assurance - Stepping Up A Gear

Yesterday, with the announcement by DWP of the first Identity Provider (IdP) framework for government, the Identity Assurance Programme passed an important milestone in the development of a cross-government identity assurance platform.

We now have a group of suppliers with whom we can work out the practical issues of becoming operational as Identity Providers across all of government.

This is the start of a huge learning experience for these new suppliers, for the government departments who need Identity Providers for their new services, and for ourselves at GDS. We’re looking forward to the development of a vibrant market which is a crucial part of the government’s digital agenda.

Building on recent progress

This builds on the great progress we’ve made in recent months. By joining the Open Identity Exchange (OIX) we’ve created a forum for exchanging ideas between interested suppliers and the broader market. We’ve been drafting good practice guides and privacy principles, and we’ve reached out beyond central government to understand the needs and opportunities for Local Authorities and the wider public sector.

The first seven suppliers are: The Post Office, Cassidian, Digidentity, Experian, Ingeus, Mydex, and Verizon. An eighth supplier is expected to sign up in the next few weeks.


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  2. tony seymour

    Was the 8th supplier signed up?

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  4. Simon B

    Can this activity not (also) be aligned to patient identity issues within the NHS and co-working care providing organisations? Constructive replies please.

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    • stevewreyford

      Thanks Simon. We're aiming to create a service that works for the whole of government and public services, including health and social care.

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