Government Reveals ID Assurance Plans, Access via Facebook, Twitter Possible

The UK government has revealed that social networks like Facebook and Twitter could be a part of its upcoming ‘ID Assurance’ scheme to ensure easier access to online government services.

The recently announced ID Assurance scheme will allow Britons to access government’s online services from a single log credential, with their identities being established by a third party partner.

A spokesperson for Cabinet Office told The Telegraph that social networks will be used for services that involve low security provisions, like commenting on a government web page.

Facebook and Twitter won’t be used for facilitating financial transactions as they involve high levels of security requirements.

A government spokesperson told The Register that it was working with several service providers in the UK for the ID Assurance scheme. The government is expected to come with a prototype of the proposed system in October this year with the full service launching sometime in 2012.

The proposed scheme has had a mixed reaction from privacy advocates who recognise the benefits of the system but are afraid that the government might use it for storing peoples’ personal data.

“But whatever the good intentions at the outset, the fear will always be that the bureaucratic imperative to collect and share more data about the public will take over,” Guy Herbert of NO2ID had said last month.