Digital Identity Scotland – Prototype update

March 11, 2020 by No Comments | Category Digital Identity, Digital Public Services

Fiona Johnstone, Transformation Manager for the Digital Identity Scotland Programme, provides an update mid-way through work on the prototype to test an attribute-led approach:

“It’s exciting to have the prototype work in full swing, building and testing an attribute-led approach to support simple, safe and secure access to public services.  Mydex CIC, in partnership with DHI (Digital Health and Social Care Institute), has been busy developing simulation environments, inputting and linking the components, in order to test the technical feasibility and usability of the proposed service.  Our objectives line-up well with Mydex CIC’s ethos to reduce friction, effort, risk and cost to citizens accessing services as well as the organisations providing those services.

Mydex CIC has brought in Okta UK Ltd to provide an example authentication service (registration and login) for the prototype, incorporating a choice of multi-factor authentication options, alongside a simple hub/broker and citizen attribute store provided by Mydex CIC.  Successful workshops in February resulted in use cases and user journeys being established for Young Scot and Independent Living Fund (ILF).  These involve creating a strong reusable credential and attribute store in which users can consent to share and store verified attributes from their Young Scot National Entitlement Card application. These attributes can then be reused to support the opening of a bank account online or applying for ILF Transition Fund.

We’re working with users to test screens to make citizens’ journeys as easy and understandable as possible and deliver the greatest benefit to both them and the public services they are using. I want to put on record our thanks to Young Scot, ILF, Downs Syndrome Scotland and Kindred, a charity who support the parents of young people with disabilities, for their assistance in recruiting users.  We have already gained some valuable insight on the user journeys, particularly around credentials and consent, and look forward to the future rounds of testing and iteration in the coming weeks.”

Getting involved and hearing more

We will publish more information and detailed outputs from the prototype in the weeks ahead. We will be scheduling demonstrations and discussions with key groups over the coming weeks and months, so there will be several opportunities to be involved – watch this space for more info.

And, as ever, we continue to work in the spirit of Open Government so please let us know if there’s anything you’d like us to cover here. If you would like to get in touch about anything related to the digital identity programme, comment below or email us at:

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