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Manifesto commits Tories to Verify

David Bicknell Published 18 May 2017

Manifesto includes Whitehall shake-up plan to combine parts of Land Registry, Ordnance Survey, Valuation Office, Hydrographic Office and Geological Survey to create “comprehensive geospatial data body within government, the largest repository of open land data in the world”

 

The Conservative Party manifesto has committed the government to rolling out the Verify identity assurance scheme “so that people  can  identify  themselves  on  all  government  online  services  by  2020.”

The manifesto,  which includes a closing section “Prosperity and Security in a Digital Age”, says operational  performance  data  of  all  public-facing  services  will be published for  open  comparison as a matter of course, with central and local government required to release information regularly and in an open format.

The manifesto continues, “If  we  are  to  make  full  use  of  this  opportunity,  we  must  use  common  platforms  across  government  and  the  wider  public  sector.  That  must  start  with  the  way  we  identify  ourselves  online,  so  that  people  have  one  single,  common  and  safe  way  of  verifying  themselves  to  all  parts  of  government.  That  is  why  we  shall  roll  out  Verify,  so  that  people  can  identify  themselves  on  all  government  online  services  by  2020,  using  their  own secure data that is not held by government.

“We will also make this platform more widely available, so that people can safely verify their identify to access non-government services such as banking.  We  will  set  out  a  strategy  to  rationalise  the  use  of  personal  data  within  government,  reducing  data  duplication  across  all  systems,  so  that  we  automatically comply with the ’Once-Only’ principle in central government services by  2022 and wider public services by 2025.”

The Tories also plans to combine the relevant parts of the Land Registry, Ordnance Survey, the Valuation Office Agency,  the  Hydrographic  Office  and  Geological  Survey  to  create  “a  comprehensive  geospatial  data body within government, the largest repository of open land data in the world.”

It says, “This new body will set the standards to digitise the planning process and help create the most comprehensive digital map of Britain to  date.  In doing so, it will  support  a  vibrant and  innovative digital economy, ranging from innovative tools to help people and developers build to virtual mapping of Britain for use in video games and virtual reality.”

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