European Data Protection Digest

Logins Could Be Used as Online Gov’t Identifiers

ONLINE PRIVACY—UK

October 4, 2012

The Cabinet Office has confirmed that personal login details for social networking sites, bank accounts and personal mobile phone accounts could be used as identifiers for its “identity assurance programme,” The Guardian reports. The first list of potential “certified providers” will be announced within weeks. Citizens will use the identifiers to securely access public services online in an effort to thwart identity theft, among other aims. The No2ID campaign has voiced concerns about privacy, including that the scheme “could be sidelined and used as a fig leaf by the data-hungry government departments,” a No2ID spokesman said.
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