Trust Framework sets direction for the future of UK digital IDs

The UK Government has launched its first guidelines for the development of digital identity applications, paving the way for a new era of digital IDs.

The Digital Identity and Attributes Trust Framework is a first draft of the guidelines that the Government hopes will ultimately kickstart a network of tech providers to create a range of online applications that allow citizens to securely verify their identities when engaging with public and private services. 

MW_GovUKMatt Warman MP, Minister for Digital Infrastructure said: “It has become increasingly important in this digital age to be able to establish trust, particularly online. This is the foundation thriving markets are built on. Having an agreed digital identity that you can use easily and universally will be the cornerstone of future economies.”

“I want the trust framework to help facilitate a clear understanding between people using identity products, the organisations relying on the service and the service providers, letting each party know data is being used appropriately and kept safe,” he added.

The draft guidelines cover the foundations of what effective digital identity verification should look like, including:

  • Ensuring products and services are accessible and inclusive

  • Privacy and data protection

  • Fraud management

  • Security

The framework outlines standards and requirements for technology developers to create compliant and secure digital identity applications. Potential uses include:

  • ID verification for financial transactions like banking and property purchases

  • Age verification apps for restricted activities like alcohol purchase

  • Credit scores and checks

  • Proof of vaccinations  

The newly released guidelines are an alpha version, with the expectation that feedback from partners, potential suppliers and other public sector stakeholders will lead to an iterative design approach for the final guidelines.

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