Despite concerns the UK should introduce Digital IDs

08/03/2023 | City A.M.

In an op-ed for City A.M., a senior policy analyst at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Rosie Beacon writes that despite our concerns about excessive data collection, the UK still needs to introduce digital IDs. Opponents and advocates have argued both for and against digital IDs for decades. In the article, Beacon highlights digital IDs are the infrastructure that makes accessing public services easier. "When it works well, which it often does. It scales easily, and could enable a new age of efficient, digitally enabled services – whether that’s energy payments being delivered seamlessly or stopping criminals from opening multiple bank accounts under different identities to execute fraud." Beacon writes. 

In February this year, Tony Blair and William Hague backed a new report: A New National Purpose: Innovation Can Power the Future of Britain, calling for introducing digital ID cards.

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