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The Prisoner - The Complete Series DVD The government writes:

A new call for evidence will explore the role of government and the private sector in the development of digital identities – the way people prove they are who they say they are using digital technology – and seek views on how to achieve higher levels of trust between the public and organisations checking their identities.

Err…how about making it totally illegal for organisations to use sensitive data. How about no more government laws that let age verification providers do what the fuck they like with your porn browsing data? No more ‘voluntary standards’ governing the keeping of porn browsing data?

The government continues:

With people increasingly required to prove their identity to access services, whether it is to buy age-restricted items on and offline or make it easier to register at a new GP surgery, these plans aim to help make doing so easier and more secure.

By cutting down on the need for physical documents, which could be misplaced or stolen, they also aim to reduce fraud. Reports suggest that unlocking the value of digital identity could add 3 per cent to UK GDP by 2030 – positioning the country as a world-leading place to develop cutting-edge innovation.

Recent figures show identity fraud is a growing problem across the UK and last year the fraud prevention service Cifas reported 189,000 incidents of identity theft.

Err… so how is it going to make it safer to put all your ID eggs in one basket and pass the basket around to all and sundry.

The government continues:

A small pilot scheme will be launched to help people speed up their applications for services, for example applying for a credit card, by allowing organisations to digitally check their identity using British passport data, where they have used this to register for government services. It will begin with companies who currently provide digital identity services to Government.

Individuals applying to access selected services online could have their identity verified this way if they choose to. The scheme will then be opened up to a small cohort of additional private sector companies for use across a range of services.

Err… like Facebook, Google, Cambridge Analytica, Ashley Madison, Pornhub…

The government continues:

No organisation would be given access to government-held data under these proposals, identity providers would simply get a yes or no as to whether the document was validly issued, and no personal data not already provided by the individual would be used or shared.

Any new solutions will be compliant with recently strengthened data protection laws and set out requirements for the secure transfer of data. There will be no central identity database and individuals will be in control of their personal data.

The pilot scheme will also test if there is a market for these new types of digital identity checking services.

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