Thursday, 14 December 2017

What does the BBC mean by "control"?

A charming email arrived from the BBC the other day. They want to make it easier for DMossEsq to sign in to his account. And they want him to be able to sign in orally – no more fuddy-duddy typing.

So the subject of the email is "Talk your way into the Beeb"? No. It's "Important changes to the BBC Privacy and Cookies Policy".

Bit boring. But let's take a look:

We’ve made some changes to the BBC’s Privacy and Cookies Policy. We’ve done this so that we can introduce new features, while protecting your data and putting you in control of what happens to it.

You can view the updated Privacy and Cookies Policy by going to and searching for our Privacy and Cookies Policy or by clicking on the link below.

View updated Privacy & Cookies policy

The BBC Privacy and Cookies Policy turns out to be 5,000 words long and to comprise 20 clauses.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Open banking, PSD2, GOV.UK Verify (RIP) and the end of civilisation as we know it

Open banking starts in the UK in four weeks time on Saturday 13 January 2018. The competition is keen. Who will be the first little old lady to be cheated out of her life savings? And can she lose the lot by close of play on Monday 15 January 2018 or will we have to wait until Tuesday?

What, we hear you ask in your millions, is DMossEsq talking about?

Friday, 1 December 2017

RIP IDA – the Whitehall user research lab

No need to say it, it goes without saying, it should be obvious to all but,
just in case it isn't obvious to all,
IDA is dead.

IDA, now known as "GOV.UK Verify (RIP)",
is the Cabinet Office Identity Assurance programme.
And it's dead.

"If Verify is the answer, what was the question?"

The Law Commission: "Verify does not currently ensure that the person entering the information
is in fact the person he or she is purporting to be;
rather it focuses on verifying that the person exists" (para.6.67/p.119)

The Government Digital Service (GDS) have a user research lab, in which they "carry out research into all the things we deliver [?], from guidance and standards to common components, such as GOV.UK Pay and GOV.UK Verify [RIP]".

Despite the user research lab, "deliver" is just what GDS haven't done with GOV.UK Verify (RIP).