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Identity Cards: Internet

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) with reference to the Introducing the National Identity Scheme guide of 6 November 2008, what mechanism will exist to allow the public to check their core identity information on the internet; (241636)

(2) with reference to the Introducing the National Identity Scheme guide of 6 November 2008, how will the security of the system to allow identity card holders to check their core identity information online be protected;

(3) with reference to the Introducing the National Identity Scheme guide of 6 November 2008, what estimate has been made of the cost of providing the system to allow identity card holders to check their core identity information online.

It is intended that a web-based service will be introduced as identity cards begin to be introduced in high volumes to permit an individual to check their core identity information on the National Identity Register. This will be subject to secure remote authentication of the individual in question so that we are assured that it is the individual in question that is making the request. We are currently investigating the possible alternatives available to achieve this but no final method has been decided. The system will also need to achieve security accreditation in accordance with Cabinet Office guidelines before it can start operation.

The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) is currently in the process of procuring the system that will enable the establishment of this service. This process will involve the creation of varying systems design from participating bidders on the basis of outcome-based requirements provided by IPS. They can propose a number of different technical and security solutions to deliver such requirements. As a result, the detailed security measures that will be put in place in order to meet the appropriate security standards will be dependent on the final design proposed by the successful bidder. It is not possible to identify the specific cost of providing this service separately at this point in time.