GDS is the Government Digital Service and they are responsible for a government project called "identity assurance" (IdA). They were due to announce the winners of the tender to provide identity assurance services in the UK by 30 September 2012. They missed the deadline but three articles appeared in the British press today:
- Guardian: Twitter and Facebook to be used for benefit applications
- Telegraph: Facebook log-ins 'to be used to access Government services'
- Independent: National 'virtual ID card' scheme set for launch (Is there anything that could possibly go wrong?)
It will take a long time to unravel. A start has been made by posting the following comment on the GDS blog:
The comment will only appear on their blog if and when GDS allow it to after moderation.
Dear Mr Wreyford
Judging by the Guardian, Independent and Telegraph articles, we are in for a long haul. It will be some time before the Cabinet Office and the US administration abandon their plans for IdA, identity assurance.
Let's make a gentle start.
Question 1. As you say, it's more about trust than identity. The idea is to host GOV.UK on servers operated by Skyscape Cloud Services Ltd. Skyscape has yet to submit any accounts to Companies House. The company has just one director and he owns 100% of the paid-up share capital, which is only £1,000. Why do you trust Skyscape and why should anyone else?