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  • Chris Bratton - Tech Journalist

The UK government unveiled plans for nationwide digital identification to match physical ones

The government of the UK is going for another move into the digital identification process. A previous plan called "Verify" failed in 2013. Since then, physical identification has been the only thing that represents someone. But now, the digital ID process is taking full swing as the UK government unveiled a national plan for digital identification to match physical ones.

New legislation revealed by the UK government will introduce tight security measures for storing citizens' digital information. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced the digital identification process on Thursday.

But do not worry about the physical documents you have, as those will not be replaced. To verify physical copies, they are scanned, and a response from the database validates its authenticity.

Digital identification will work the same way. People can carry the physical identification if they want to, as there will be no obligation to create a digital identity. The legislation is not a forceful one, and people can choose any type or both.

According to the gov.The UK, "New legislation set to make digital identities more trustworthy and secure." Digital identities will easily replace physical documents such as driving licenses, passports and other valid information. Digital identification can be made both via mobile or web. So, the versatility remains, which is the initial goal.

Like DCMS explained, electronic identities will not replace bodily documents or physical ones, and individuals' preference is given to themselves. A new government body is created to maintain, produce, and safeguard data. The government body of technology is termed the Business Office for Digital Identities.

DCMS said, "the ODIA will have the energy to issue an effortlessly recognised Trustmark to licensed digital ID organisations, to prove they meet the security and privacy benchmarks necessary to tackle people's data safely and dependably."

The determination is promising, but the government body is concerned with protecting against fraud for businesses and people. In 2020, the UK went through over 180,000 fraud cases. Digital identity can play a critical role in this regard. Online and offline identities will be available for individuals. The wide-scale adoption of secure digital identity should be something the citizens look forward to.

The development process of the UK digital identity and attributes trust is crucial for the country's future. A statutory governance framework will also be made to oversee the trust framework. It will have the ability to manage the aforementioned trust framework and update requirements.

When the parliamentary time is enabled to hear the ruling, DCMS will convey the message forward. Once it passes, an authorised gateway is going to receive the task. The task will be securely carried out to establish proper data connections equal to actual bodily documents.

In the age of digitalisation, forming digital identification now seems like a backdated project. Still, the former failed as it was too advanced for its time. Since then, collected data revealed the correct time for another push towards digital identification alongside physical papers.

Office for Digital Identities and Attributes (ODIA) will work with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sorts as an interim. The identifications will come in handy in situations where age limit rusticates one's ability to buy certain products. Retailers can use the marker in real-time that the buyer is of legal age to sell the product. It is one of many examples we can give.

ODIA is given the task to ensure Trustmark. Trustmark will adhere to the higher standards for digital identification security and privacy.

Digital identification will ensure a robust and secure accreditation certification process under Trustmark. A new form of a legal gateway is taking shape, where failing to remember a physical document's whereabouts shouldn't' be of any issue. Confirming validity in the digital forms of identification is equal to the physical ones and more secure in some cases. But one thing the government of the UK is trying hardest is to maintain the security and stability of the system.


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