Global Smart ID For All UK Citizens Starting With The Poor

Tony Gosling tony at
Mon Sep 23 00:16:15 BST 2013

Global Smart ID For All UK Citizens Starting With The Poor

Julie Beal

I hope by now I’m starting to get through to 
people about online identity management, because 
here in the UK a whole lotta folk are about to be 
forced to sign their life over to an Identity 
Provider. The UK government has decided to host 
all of its public services online, to fulfill the 
‘Digital by Default’ strategy. The Government 
Digital Strategy is now expected to be up and 
running by April 2014. Five companies have been 
chosen to provide identity management for UK 
citizens, one of which, the Post Office, will 
serve as registration centers for biometric smart ID enrollment.

When I try to tell people about this, and how 
it’s a global scheme, they just don’t seem to 
hear me. I can only think that the power of the 
media is responsible – they simply aren’t 
informing the public properly about this matter, 
so because you’re only hearing it from me, it perhaps doesn’t seem as real?

Well, it is.

Horribly so.

There aren’t any glossy adverts for it yet, but 
if you wade through the documents, and listen to 
lectures and webinars aimed at industry 
professionals, it’s all there on the Web.

Educating the public seems to have been ruled 
out, and instead, people are being drawn in by 
only being able to access certain services by 
using an Identity Provider (IdP) - this rules out 
debate, and the right to be informed. In the US, 
Obamacare and access to personal electronic 
health records will kick off national IdM 
take-up, while in the UK, it’s beginning with 
access to government services. No matter how 
private you’re told IdM makes you, there will 
always be an audit trail, and a host of exemptions from peeking.

Maybe you’re already one of the many victims of 
the transition to AI government – those wishing 
to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance must already make 
their claim online. It is not possible to do this 
by interacting with a human in any way.[1]

The thing is, the next stage is forcing people to 
sign up with an Identity Provider (IdP) to prove 
they are who they say they are, when they use 
government services which are only available 
online. It was supposed to start next month, i.e. 
the transition to Universal Credit (the new 
benefit which will replace most of the current 
ones) was meant to introduce identity management 
to the UK, by requiring all claimants to 
authenticate themselves online by using an IdP.

However, the plan has now changed, and the latest 
news is that instead of starting with Universal 
Credit, there will be 25 government departments 
moving their services online, and to access 
these, citizens will need to sign up with an 
Identity Provider. The services include online 
driving licences, and other DVLA documents; State 
benefits, redundancy payments, and tax matters; 
civil claims; visa applications; electoral 
registration; and booking prison visits.

In June, the government announced,
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will become the first 
central government department to use Identity 
Assurance (IDA), one set of secure login details 
to access all online public services, and will be 
a key component of Pay As You Earn Online (PAYE 
Online) which is to move to pre-launch mode in 
October 2013 with ‘wider IDA capabilities 
becoming available from October 2014'.
The Government Digital Service (GDS), which is 
developing IDA, has described it such: “Identity 
assurance is about providing users with a simple, 
trusted and secure means of accessing public 
services, so we are working hard to ensure that 
privacy is at the heart of the service we will provide to users.”
According to, “IDA is set 
to become the default service for all government 
departments providing public digital services 
which require the citizen to confirm their identity.”
The move comes as part of the Cabinet Office’s 
strategy to move all government services online 
in order to save between £1.7bn and £1.8bn a year.”
They don’t want to provide staff to man 
phonelines, or offices –everything will be 
digitised, and for that you need smart ID.

The UK government (Government Digital Services, 
or GDS) announced this month they have contracted 
the services of five companies, and we get to 
choose which one to sign up with! Gosh, thanks! 
The five IdPs chosen by GDS for the UK are 
Experian, Verizon, the Post Office, Mydex, and 
DigIdentity; the first/beta phase is just about 
to start. There were supposed to be eight IdPs, 
but PayPal and Cassidian have deferred their involvement for the time being.

It was reported last week that a government 
spokesperson has stated, “Universal Credit 
remains part of the future delivery plans for the 
cross-government IDa Service in development at the Cabinet Office."

Last year, (September, 2012), the UK Cabinet 
Office published the Local Authority Review of 
“Citizen Online Identity Assurance” which 
acknowledged one of the issues in enforcing the 
system is that “citizen trust may be difficult to 
achieve”. Too right!!! It’ll be even harder once 
people realize how easily they can be spied on, 
the fact that biometrics aren’t reliable enough, 
and that many things can go wrong when allowing a 
third party to handle your ability to live a 
life. If your global ID doesn’t work, you can’t do a thing.
In June the Government and the UK's National 
Technical Authority on Information Assurance 
(CESG) also published new guidance on 'identity 
proofing' and verification. The guide sets out 
how businesses tasked with verifying the identity 
of individuals using Government services can 
achieve various levels of assurance about the identity of such users......
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Fear not therefore: for there is nothing covered 
that shall not be revealed; and nothing hid that 
shall not be made known. What I tell you in 
darkness, that speak ye in the light and what ye 
hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. Matthew 10:26-27

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