Online Identity Scheme, Who’s Who.
It’s not only Universal Jobmatch that will be the on-line route for all Job Seekers. In the near future all claims for Universal Credit will have to be made via the Net. The DWP has just announced who will guarantee our “privacy” for the scheme.
The Post Office, Cassidian, Digidentity, Experian, Ingeus, Mydex, and Verizon are the successful providers chosen to design and deliver a secure online identity registration service for the Department for Work and Pensions.
The identity registration service will enable benefit claimants to choose who will validate their identity by automatically checking their authenticity with the provider before processing online benefit claims.
The Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud said:
“We are working with cyber security experts to ensure we are clear about the threats to the online process and we are confident that the providers announced today will offer an effective, safe and free to use identity service for future online benefit claims.”
As well as offering a safe and secure system, providers will be required to offer a simplified registration process, minimise the number of usernames and passwords a customer will need to remember and reduce the costs incurred across Government for the management of Identity Assurance.
The online Identity Assurance model will be incorporated into Universal Credit as it’s developed and rolled-out. Over time Identity Assurance will become available to all UK citizens who need to access online public services. Here
Ignus for one is already mired in controversy in the sense that they are part of the Work Programme. Boycott Workfare reports,
Today it was brought to our attention that Ingeus (owned by city financiers Deloitte) have two very disturbing features on their Work Programme regime
- Unemployed people will be forced to do six month long workfare placements
- They will also be put into “peer-run” groups which will encourage unemployed people to discipline and report on each other.
Expertian is a nasty credit snooper company.
Digidentity is a Dutch firm and most of the information about it is in that language. In English it announces that
“Everyone should be able to identify, authenticate, and authorize themselves online in a simple, secure way. That is our mission! Digidentity offers solutions that enable safe digital communications between individuals, companies and governmental…”
And so on and so forth…
Mydex claims to be a British social-enterprise helping to make it easier and safer for individuals to hold, control, and re-use their personal information in effective and secure ways.
The Conservative Party and the Cabinet consider Mydex’s work a template for how people can manage their personal data, or as they call it in the jargon, a “user-centric model” .
There remain concerns however,
“Would the Cabinet Office allow citizens to have control of their online identities and personal data? Or were big business interests preparing to step in, deliver the ecosystem, but nudge the individual aside and take over from government as the holder of big-brother power?”
Verizon is an US American broadband and telecommunications company.
It has taken an active interest int tracking down people for “piracy”, and acts as a police man against this,
“Verizon home Internet subscribers may get slapped with slower speeds for downloading too much pirated content and ignoring warnings to stop. The company revealed its anti-piracy plans during a panel discussion in New York, TorrentFreak reports. The plans are part of a joint effort by Internet service providers and media companies, known as the Copyright Alert System, to warn and in some cases punish repeat offenders.”
The poor old Post Office is being fattened up for privatisation. Apart from that one cannot see anything special they offer.
There have been reports – sometimes denied – that the whole system faces great delays. Not least because of IT problems.
With this shower involved we can see that this is very probable.