Think Tank Reform urged the British government to apply blockchain technology for identity services

nRunaway Comment: In its report “The Future of Public Service Identity: Blockchain,” Reform pointed out fundamental differences between blockchain identity management and existing management systems. Referring to the many benefits of blockchain technology, I hope the government can make use of More innovative and transformative technology to achieve citizenship management and information sharing.n
nTranslation: Annie_Xun
The think-tank Reform said that through blockchain technology, the British government can give citizens greater control over how information is shared with public services.n
The Reform report, The Future of Public Service Identity: Blockchain, said the government needed a new approach.n
n”A safe and efficient way to put individuals at the center of identity management. Blockchain can provide these.”n
nReform said the government is already trying to improve identity management through GOV.UK Verify, with personal choices being delegated to companies to verify identity and access public services. Reform, however, said the method is limited, and one of them is that the control of personal data is still in the hands of the government.n
n”Verify is slow to use and government agencies such as HMRC continue to use their own identity model because Verify provides only limited information on certain transactions, which means the department needs to request and examine additional information.”n
nThe use of distributed ledgers will be better as it means “control of public service identities will be diverted from the government to individuals.” Blockchain can be built across departments, as the top of the current database layer.n
This layer allows citizens to browse through data on an identity app on their smartphone and authorize government access.n
The use of biometrics adds another layer of security, improving efficiency. Reform mentioned Estonia’s use of blockchain for identity management and returned control to citizens.n
n”Citizens have unique identification numbers, similar to NHS codes, giving them access to personal health records and browsing third-party requests for data, meaning that personal privacy is protected.”n
nReform said that in this way, it is better to ensure that security is higher than centralization. Not only that, enhanced security means that hacking can not be successful and reduces the risk of identity fraud.n
However, Reform contends that achieving these benefits requires “a fundamental shift in the role of the government” because it will change from providing data storage to verifying identity. However, this means that individuals can regain control of their identity and decide who to share the data with.n

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