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Last week Ctrl-Shift published groundbreaking research which estimates the potential size of the market for fast emerging ‘Personal Information Management Services’ (PIMS) as £16.5bn or 1.2% of gross value added in the UK economy.

The report, ‘Personal Information Management Services: An analysis of an emerging market – Understanding the impacts on UK businesses and the economy’ was sponsored by Aimia, Henderson Global Investors, Nesta, Open Identity Exchange and Vodafone. Here are some of the things they said about the research.

Stephen Deadman, Vodafone’s Group Privacy Officer, commented that, “There is an abundance of research telling us that consumers…

The economics of identity

Posted: 9th June, 2014 | 0 comments

Every day individuals have to undertake a range of information tasks such as ‘fill in a form’ or ‘prove you are who you say you are’ when dealing with organisations.

This second task of identity assurance is critically important for both individuals and organisations. If it goes wrong, it opens the door to identity theft and fraud. If either side doesn’t trust the process, they might walk away from the transaction, or they default to a much more cumbersome and expensive process such as manually presenting and inspecting identity-confirming documents such as passports or driving licences.

The costs of identity

The evolving data sharing economy

Posted: 5th September, 2013 | 0 comments

On September 1 some important changes to the Freedom of Information Act (FoI) came into force – users that are entitled to a public sector dataset can now receive it in a useful form and can re-use it for commercial gain. The amendments are a further development which should be seen within the wider context of the UK Government’s commitment towards Open Data – promoting greater transparency and enabling its reuse in new services and applications stimulating economic growth – other programmes such as midata and Identity Assurance, and the evolving information economy.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides…

On Tuesday the Government announced that Mydex, a Community Interest Company/social enterprise and one of the Personal Data Store providers in our recent PDS market review, is one of a select group of private sector Identity Providers that will start offering an identity assurance service to DWP customers.

As part of our analysis of the announcement we highlighted our plan to conduct some interviews with those involved in the market to gain some new insights into where the IDA programme leads us. Claire Hopkins spoke to Mydex CEO David Alexander about Mydex’s view and unique contribution*.


Following the announcement of the private sector Identity Providers that will start offering an identity assurance service to DWP customers, we spoke with Toby Stevens who has been closely involved with the Identity Assurance programme for several years, to ask his opinion on where it will lead us.

What is the overall significance of the IDA programme and this week’s announcement?

DWP's award of ID Assurance contracts represents a watershed for the government's approach to identity: instead of government relying solely upon government-issued credentials (e.g. Government Gateway) to transact with individuals online, they will support a new commercial market…

New Identity Assurance market emerges

Posted: 13th November, 2012 | 0 comments

Today the Government’s vision for a more citizen centric identity assurance service becomes a reality. The Department for Work and Pensions has announced the first private sector identity providers that will start offering an identity assurance service for the 20 million DWP customers. The businesses are: The Post Office, Cassidian, Digidentity, Experian, Ingeus, Mydex, and Verizon.

One of the most interesting choices is Mydex, one of the Personal Data Store providers covered in our recent PDS market review.  The inclusion of a mould-breaking service such as this is a sign of the times. The Government isn’t only encouraging…

Last week we published our report on the key market of identity assurance. We estimate that it is worth more than £280m in 2011 and will grow to £360m in 2014. One of the key drivers of this growth is the public sector. Driven by a desire that government should be 'digital by default', the government is now working on series of projects based on the premise that a citizen-centric identity assurance service could be a far more effective process.

The government aims to save money over the next three years, but instead of re-inventing the wheel, it is…

With cost savings firmly in their sights, the UK Government are paving the way for a wave of new services built around the individual and their data. There is a recognition by the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee that by enabling individuals to manage their own data Government in its various forms will create huge efficiency savings and improve the quality of the services offered through improving the quality of the data about the individual. In itself this is a massive opportunity for the UK to improve it's economy but when you add to that the fact that…