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Digital Identity Scotland works on attribute strategy


Mark Say Managing Editor

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Digital Identity Scotland is working on an attribute strategy to support identity services.

It is part of the team’s programme to develop an online identity assurance system for public services and follows a review that recommended moving towards an attributes based service.

This would make use of the attributes of an identity – such as name, address, date of birth and possibly biometrics – for different services as appropriate.

According to a blogpost from Digital Identity Scotland – which is within the Scottish Government’s Digital Directorate – the programme team is now exploring options to test the approach.

Next steps include developing a prototype to test the design and technologies that would support an attribute service, and refreshing the governance arrangements.

Stakeholder input

The team is working with various stakeholders on the project, including senior leaders from public sector organisations in Scotland, current identity providers and the Government Digital Service.

It has also been working with Social Security Scotland to understand its business requirements, and is aiming to support the delivery of disability benefits from the Scottish Government as they roll out over the next few years.

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