6 March 2008

Challenges and opportunities in identity assurance

Sir James Crosby's independent review, 'Challenges and opportunities in identity assurance', is published today. The review looks at how to maximise the economic and social advantage to the UK from having the most effective ID assurance systems and infrastructure.

The review is available in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF). If you do not have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer you can download the software free of charge from the Adobe website. For alternative ways to read PDF documents and further information on website accessibility visit the HM Treasury accessibility page.

James Crosby said:

"Like never before we all need to be able to assert our identity with ease and confidence. Collectively, our ability to do so is of significant economic and social consequence. But first and foremost our identity belongs to us, no one else. The potential of any mass ID system such as ID Cards therefore lies in the extent to which it is created by consumers for consumers."

"I have had the privilege of listening to a very wide range of opinion. But Government departments and agencies, private sector companies, regulators, special interest groups and technology providers were all united on one thing. The future of identity lies in putting the consumers first. For many organisations that calls for radical new thinking."

The former Chancellor Gordon Brown appointed Sir James Crosby to chair the Public-Private Forum on Identity Management in July 2006. The Review reports to the Chancellor and the Home Secretary.

Twelve organisations, drawn from the public and private sectors contributed to the Review. The public sector was represented by (in alphabetical order) the City of London Police; the Department for Work and Pensions; the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency; HM Revenue & Customs; the Identity and Passport Service of the Home Office (IPS); and the Serious Organised Crime Agency. The private sector was represented by (in alphabetical order) Barclays; Boots; British Airways; Compass; Linklaters; and O2.


The terms of reference for the review were:

  • review the current and emerging use of identity management in the private and public sectors and identify best practice;
  • consider how public and private sectors can work together, harnessing the best identity technology to maximise efficiency and effectiveness;
  • produce a report for the Chancellor of the Exchequer

Background Papers

London School of Economics and Political Science report on ID Management (PDF, 171KB)
Key Technologies for Identity Management (PDF, 121KB)
Identity Management (Technologies) Workshop Report (PDF, 506KB)
Identity Management (Broad Scan) Workshop Report 2 (PDF, 401KB)

Related links

Press notice 11/07/06: Chancellor appoints Sir James Crosby to lead Public Private Forum on Identity
Press notice: 06/03/08: Independent review on identity assurance published

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