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Next steps for digital identities in the UK

Morning, Thursday, 14th March 2024

This conference will examine key issues for the rollout and use of digital identities and verification services in the UK by businesses, public bodies and consumers.

Key stakeholders and policymakers will examine the regulation of digital identities, looking at proposals for standards and governance being put forward in the Digital Identity and Attributes Trust Framework, as part of the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill. Discussion will consider responsibilities and the potential impact of implementation for organisations of all sizes, their supply chains and individuals.

Delegates will assess issues around public attitudes and engagement, including concerns over roll-out of widespread digital identities and optionality in use, as well as what more might be needed to support uptake of digital identity in the UK.

Issues for discussion include building trust and addressing concerns around the reliability of systems and the ways data may be used, redress in case of mistakes or misuse, ensuring accessibility and ease of use for consumers, problems arising from digital inequality, and the future role of alternative forms of identity verification.

Discussion will also consider the way forward for fraud prevention, particularly in light of emerging types of fraud that utilise AI and deepfakes.

Further sessions look at the impact on businesses and issues for adoption, including costs and changes to organisational systems, particularly for SMEs, as well as the cyber security of digital identities, looking at handling, storing and transferring user data, and maintaining data privacy.

We are pleased to be able to include a keynote session with Hannah Rutter, Deputy Director, Digital Identity, DSIT.

Sessions in the agenda include:

  • regulation: issues for providers and users - trust framework implementation - governance and regulation - roles and responsibilities - certification and operating standards - costs support
  • roll-out and adoption: public engagement - building trust - reliability and use of data - redress for mistakes or misuse - ease of use - digital inequality and inclusion - future for non-digital verification
  • safety and security: fraud prevention - cybersecurity and resilience - data storage and handling across the system - transparency - standards, international cooperation and interoperability
  • policy: priorities and next steps for the digital identity framework

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the DSIT; NCSC; Cabinet Office; DBT; DfE; Defra; DfT; DoF, NI; DESNZ; FCDO; GLD; HMRC; Home Office; ICO; IPO; LPS; NAO; Ofcom; and The Scottish Government.

Keynote Speaker

Hannah Rutter

Deputy Director, Digital Identity, Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

Keynote Speaker

Hannah Rutter

Deputy Director, Digital Identity, Department for Science, Innovation and Technology


Gus Tomlinson

Chief Product Officer, Identity and Fraud, GBG

Chad Chandramohan

Chief Technology Officer, Good Things Foundation

Susannah Copson

Legal and Policy Officer, Big Brother Watch

Professor Ana Beduschi

Professor of Law, University of Exeter

Paula Sussex

Chief Executive Officer, OneID

Jonathan McDonald

Partner, Osborne Clarke

Robin Tombs

Chief Executive Officer, Yoti

Angus McFadyen

Partner, Pinsent Masons

Paul Knight

Partner, Mills & Reeve