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MPs Urge Gov't to Consult with ICO on ID-handling Plan

DATA PROTECTION—UK

August 5, 2011

In a report published this week, MPs urge the government to work with the Information Commissioner's Office on its plans to develop an "ID assurance" protocol that could see ID handling outsourced to third parties, The Register reports. Published on Tuesday, the Public Administration Select Committee report, "Government and IT - 'a recipe for rip-offs': time for a new approach," says that the ID-handling model being proposed by the Cabinet Office will "need to be trialled extensively," and warns that concerns about privacy "could act as a barrier to implementing such a radical reform." The authors recommend the government work with the ICO to "review potential barriers" and explore development options.
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