Electronic Government: Proof of Identity

Cabinet Office written question – answered at on 2 January 2019.

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Photo of Jo Platt Jo Platt Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total cost to the public purse was of verifying user identities through Gov.UK Verify for the purpose of accessing services provided by each Department in the last financial year; and how many total users were verified in that period.

Photo of Oliver Dowden Oliver Dowden The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The cost of verifying user identities through GOV.UK Verify is the amount paid to the GOV.UK Verify private sector identity providers. Details of the amounts paid to the identity providers for the user identities they create is commercially sensitive information and cannot be released.

The number of GOV.UK Verify accounts (historic and current) is published on the GOV.UK website and is regularly updated.

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