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UK government unveils digital identity plans based on wallet tech

February 17, 2021

Conservative MP and minister for digital infrastructure, Matt Warman, led the policy paper and calls it “a first stage industry prototype”.

He also cites Canada, Australia, Sweden and New Zealand – countries taking similar approaches to digital identity as the UK – as inspiration.

The UK government plans to test its “alpha” framework with “services, industries, organisations and potential users”, before unveiling the final version for mass consumption.

According to 2015 Open Identity Exchange data, the UK spends up to £3.3 billion each year on manual, offline identity proofing.

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