Why should government be interested in UCD ?

UCD can – over time –  provide a range of online applications which government needs, and will do so in a privacy enhancing and secure way.  These include enabling an individual to share proof of identity – from an IdP or bank – to other services providers, such as DWP when claiming universal credit, or […]

How does UCD differ from gov.uk Verify ?

gov.uk Verify was a scheme  to enable individuals to prove their legal identity online to government. Government could easily have chosen to award a single large contract to just one identity provider, and then presented the result under the gov.uk brand. However, it chose instead to award contracts to several Identity Providers (IdPs, initially seven), […]

How does UCD differ from IAX ?

The ‘Identity and Attribute Exchange (IAX)’ scheme is being designed by the Government Digital Service as a  successor to gov.uk Verify. While full details have yet to emerge, it is thought that IAX will adopt similar principles to gov.uk Verify, but government itself will not be involved in delivery, i.e. there will be no equivalent […]

Why can UCD not be led by the UK government ?

UCD aims to be ubiquitous, a bit like a payment system, and so used by individuals to maintain online relationships with organisations across the public and private sectors, and with other individuals. Thus, even though UCD is clearly infrastructure, design and implementation cannot be led by government. Why  ? Because government’s remit is limited to […]

Who will pay the capital costs of UCD ?

UCD can only developed as a collaboration between the UK‘s public and private sectors. It’s for this reason that the original development company, PIB-d Ltd, was set up as a joint-venture, half owned by (parts of) the education sector and half privately. But PIB-d was premature. Now UCDx has been set up  – as a […]

Will UCD prevent statistical /epidemiological research ?

No. Government departments like to maintain large databases of personal data, in part at least to enable statistical research as to what policy measures prove effective. Examples include – in education – the National Pupil Data Base (NPDB) and the Learning Records Service. But these databases are assembled without really asking the individuals involved whether […]

What happens if a PDS provider fails ?

Since UCD providers will be private sector companies, all competing for custom from individuals, there is a possibility that one or more could either fail commercially, or simply decide to exit the PDS market. Should this happen, the company in question will be obliged – under its contractual agreements with UCDx – to allow all […]