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Verizon role in Verify placed on hold

15/07/16

Company says it is temporarily off list of those certified for Government identity assurance platform

A question mark hangs over the role of communications and technology company Verizon in the GOV.UK Verify programme, after it was removed from the list of companies certified to provide verification.

govVerify400x266The company’s name has been removed from the list on the Government’s web page introducing the online identity assurance programme, and all content has been removed from the relevant page on its own website.

A spokesperson for Verizon told UKAuthority: “Verizon has been temporarily removed from the list of certified companies whilst they complete additional independent certification under the terms of their contract with the Government.”

No details have emerged on the factors behind the move, and the Cabinet Office, within which Verify is being developed, has not yet replied to enquiries.

There have been reports of some companies struggling to meet all the criteria of the certification process, which is based on factors including compliance with Cabinet Office Identity Assurance Principles.

Withdrawals

In March, PayPal confirmed that it had withdrawn, and in April of last year Mydex, one of the first companies to work with the Government Digital Service on the programme, dropped off the list of certified companies.

As part of the programme, the certified companies provide the initial verification that an individual is who they claim to be, then provide confirmation through a hub whenever the person needs to authenticate their identity for an online government service.

Seven companies are now certified: Barclays, CitizenSafe, Digidentity, Experian, Post Office, Royal Mail and SecureIdentity.

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