The Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy, published in March 2017, contains the commitment to work with stakeholders, privacy interests and members of the public to develop a robust, secure and trustworthy mechanism by which an individual member of the public can demonstrate their identity online, to access public sector digital services.

Later in 2017, a dedicated project team was set up to take forward this work, setting out early an intention to develop a solution that is designed with and for members of the public and that stakeholders can support.

The first phase of the work – the ‘discovery’ project – ran from January to May 2018, encompassing service user research and an exploration of the technical options for delivering a common approach to digital identity across public services.

The next phase of the work will be an ‘alpha’ proof-of-concept stage, which seeks to create a prototype of the identity assurance solution and test this with citizens who would seek to access public services, running from September 2018 to March 2019.

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