Daily Archives: May 19, 2011


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Kelly Fiveash writes in The Register: Government departments will begin testing a first prototype of the Coalition’s new identity assurance model for its entire online public services space in October this year. Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude confirmed the plans in Parliament yesterday. As The Register reported last week, the government is already in early talks with “trusted private sector identity service providers” to develop the concept of ID assurance. Maude offered a broader outline about those plans on Wednesday, as the government continues to try and push all British citizens to access its services online. The first government services to test out the system include the Department for Work and Pensions’ universal credits, NHS HealthSpace and HMRC’s one click programmes, said the minister. Apparently: Maude said yesterday that his department would “draw on expertise” from organisations in the public and private sectors. He added that privacy advocates such as […]

Cabinet Office outlines gov-portal ‘ID assurance’ plans


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Alan Travis writes in The Guardian: The supreme court has declared that chief constables who refuse to delete the DNA profiles of more than 1 million innocent people on request are acting unlawfully. The ruling by the most senior judges in England and Wales says that the current police policy of indefinitely keeping DNA profiles of people arrested but never convicted is excessive and violates privacy rights. Chief constables have continued collecting the DNA profiles of everyone arrested, whether they are convicted or not, and keeping them indefinitely on a national database. This is despite a ruling by the European court of human rights more than three years ago that it was a breach of privacy rights. More than 200,000 new DNA profiles of innocent people have been added to the national police DNA database since the ruling that their blanket retention was unlawful in February 2008, bringing the total […]

Police breaking law by keeping DNA of the innocent, supreme ...