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Govt seeking views on digital identity framework


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Thursday, 16 November, 2017


Govt seeking views on digital identity framework

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is seeking public feedback on the draft standards and rules for the government’s digital identity program.

The Trusted Digital Identity Framework has been made available for public feedback after being developed in consultation with government, industry and privacy representatives. It covers the government’s ambition to develop a framework to use a shared digital identity for authentication across every government service.

Comprising 14 documents, the draft framework includes documents outlining how providers will be accredited; privacy, security, risk and fraud management requirements; and standards for usability and accessibility.

“The framework sets out a nationally consistent approach to how digital identity will managed,” Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor said.

“People are able to provide feedback on just one or all of the 14 documents that make up the framework. The framework sits alongside the Digital Transformation Agency’s Govpass technology platform, which is currently in private beta. This will give people the choice to set up a digital identity once and complete their business with a range of online government services, rather than visiting a shopfront.”

In a video interview with Taylor, the Digital Transformation Agency’s chief digital officer, Peter Alexander, said the agency’s plan is for agencies to roll out the digital identity framework service by service over time to ensure a smooth transition for users.

The benefits to the public of such a system include improving efficiency, saving time and reducing frustration, and the ability to have multiple public and private sector organisations act as potential verifiers will introduce competition between them to further enhance efficiency, he said.

Finally, despite concerns over the privacy risks of the scheme, by incorporating technologies such as facial recognition biometrics the authentication process can be made more secure than it is today.

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