In the six months since the Open Identity Exchange published its White Paper, Digital ID Photo Sending Service, the use of digital photographs to assert identity has been gathering pace. In the private sector, venture capital continues to pour into this space. Retailers such as Timpson are exploring opportunities to develop in this field, while governments like Estonia pilot new partnerships with commercial service providers.
The recent Identity Management Law and Policy Workshop at the World Bank highlighted how pivotal a time this is for Open Identity Exchange members with global interests. The Open Identity Exchange has published a white paper that reports on those discussions.
Attribute exchange has the potential to deliver significant savings. At a DCLG Local Digital co-design event in July 2014 it was estimated that £100m could be saved each year by local authorities if they had access to Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) data to deliver a range of services online, such as concessionary bus travel, taxi licences and parking permits.