We’ve had a few questions on the blog and elsewhere about how GOV.UK Verify might be developed in the future for users of services in the wider public sector and in the private sector.
At this stage, we're prioritising building and scaling a service that works for users of central government services. We’re working hard to make it easier and quicker for people to prove their identity digitally when using digital government services.
But now that we’re in public beta we’re also starting to turn our minds to what the wider market for identity services might look like in the future and the commercial, legal and operational policies that might be needed to help make that happen.
GOV.UK Verify operates according to published standards. We designed the standards to make them usable for services in any sector and in any countries. We work with industry through the Open Identity Exchange (oixuk.org) to explore possible applications of the service in the private sector and in local public services. Some of the projects OIX members are working on are listed on the OIX website, at http://oixuk.org/?page_id=10.
We’ll be carrying on our work with partners in the private sector and the wider public sector so we can fully understand their needs and issues, and you can expect to hear more from us about this as we move into next year.
In the meantime we’d recommend that any organisation that’s interested in the wider application of identity assurance should get involved in OIX - there is a lot of interesting work happening there that will pave the way for the future of identity assurance services in the public and private sectors.