The government has plans to create the UK Digital Identity and Attributes Trust Framework (DIATF) and Credas Technologies, the leading identity verification checks provider, found that the UK public strongly supports this notion, with 87% stating that it was a good idea and 72% supporting verified digital IDs in order to improve safety and streamline the process.
What is the DIAFT?
The DIAFT will be a digital identity trust framework that can be used as an alternative to physical identification documents such as passports or bank statements. This initiative will not only aim to make life easier for the public, but it will also provide a robust accreditation and certification process for organisations, thus allowing them to provide their adherence to the rules of the framework through a recognised government trustmark.
Overall, it will considerably reduce the often-extensive requirements necessary to prove your identity in digital capacity, for example, when purchasing a house, while also providing the consumer with peace of mind when it comes to the use of their sensitive information.
Find out more about the DIATF.
Tim Barnett, chief executive officer of Credas Technologies says: “In the modern world, so much is done in a digital capacity and while it has reduced the time, effort and requirements of many tasks, it doesn’t come without its pitfalls.”
“Being able to verify our identity is one area that has become vitally important for both consumer and service provider alike. For example, when we buy or sell a property, we will be required to verify our identity multiple times by a range of different stakeholders, whether it be the estate agent, solicitor and so on.”
“For these professional bodies it helps safeguard against criminal activity, which in the vast majority of cases starts with identity fraud. However, it can be a laborious, time-consuming process for those providing this information, as well as those still manually verifying it.”
“The government’s DIATF framework will modernise this process no end, providing verified digital IDs that both the consumer and service provider can utilise quickly and efficiently.”
“Not only will it help streamline processes such as buying or selling a home, but the consumer can also rest assured that they aren’t opening themselves up to any level of threat when it comes to the provision of their personal information.”
Digitalisation for the future
It certainly seems as though such measures are not premature since the survey found that 84% of the UK public worry about their safety when providing sensitive and personal information online.
What’s more, almost a third (32%) say they’ve been a victim of some form of online fraud, and just 34% of them are aware how many third-party companies hold their information.
While the implementation of GDPR laws aims to improve data privacy and protect consumers, just 7% of the UK public say they trust that third-party companies are compliant with respect to GDPR rules and regulations.
Simultaneously, 80% also find it time-consuming having to provide personal data to multiple third parties when it comes to their digital activity.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that 87% think a government framework to help regulate this sphere online is a good idea, with an additional 72% also backing the plans to have verified digital IDs in order to improve safety and streamline the process.