26 Jul 2021
Over the past few years, as a nation, on the whole, we have adapted to all sorts of digital transactions. Transactions such as paying for items using Apple Pay, Google Pay or PayPal. Collecting rewards with apps like British Airways Rewards, Quidco and Topcashback applying for a mortgage with online verifications of ID. Now the Government are looking at ways of digitising ID in replacement of bringing in mandatory ID Cards which has received a lot of criticism. A consultation is now open so you can have your say.
Their plan is to boost the legal status of a Digital ID to be on the same level as physical documents such as a passports or bank statements. They are proposing a world in which ID can be proved using either an app or other digital check. This would clearly benefit those without current acceptable forms of ID but also aims to limit the amount of data being shared when it isn’t relevant to the transaction. i.e. proving you are over 18 without the need to provide your date of birth.
Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman said:
“The plans laid out today will ensure people can trust the app in their pocket as much as their passport when proving their identity. Digital identities offer a huge opportunity to make checks easier, quicker and more secure, and help people who do not have traditional forms of ID to prove who they are. This technology is a vital building block for the economy of the future, and we’re ensuring that people who choose to use it can have confidence their data will be handled safely.”
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