The future of public service identity: blockchain

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Borrows, Maisie; Harwich, Eleonora; Heselwood, Luke
Date of publication
27 November 2017
Social Policy
Social welfare
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This report demonstrates how blockchain technology could be used for identity management, shifting the ownership of personal data from government to citizens.

The authors of this report believe that the Government’s current identity management model is both inefficient and inconvenient. Government departments hold different, overlapping and sometimes contradictory versions of a person’s identity, with no system in place to ensure that there is one version of the truth (i.e. a single consolidated version of a person’s identity).

Blockchain technology has the potential to help deliver a better system which overcomes these issues, transforming the identity management model. This would allow a shift in the ownership of personal data from government to the individual.

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