The Government Digital Service (GDS) has awarded consumer credit reporting agency Experian a third contract to take part in its Digital Identity Programme.
The company has won a two-year, £7 million contract to provide a cloud software solution to provide knowledge based verification questions to users and validated responses to GDS.
GDS has indicated that knowledge based questions for identity verification will play a significant part in the One Login for Government service, a beta version of which went into use in the summer of last year. It reflects an approach often used in multi-factor authentication for private sector digital services.
This follows earlier awards of contracts to Experian for an identity check service and email and phone validation, which had a combined value of £11 million.
It also the latest in a string of contracts, including deals with Deloitte, 6 Point 6 and iProov for other services related to the programme, which is developing means to verify identities for access to central government digital services.