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    Facebook Accounts Could Be Used to Prove Identity to Access Public Services

    Oct 10, 2012
    According to an October 4 article in The Guardian, the Cabinet Office has announced that personal login details for social networking sites, bank accounts, and personal mobile phone accounts could be used as official proof of identity to access public services. The initiative is intended to help people sign in securely to the gov.uk site that is being developed as a portal for accessing government services. The Cabinet Office said it hopes this will help prevent privacy and security issues, such as identity theft, as users will not have to provide their personal information to a centralized government database to create a password and login. With the new process, users will be allowed to choose from a range of “trusteed non-government organizations” to verify their identity. The article expressed concern that while customer identities for bank and mobile phone company customers are fairly well verified, personal profiles on social media sites may not be.

    According to an October 4 article in The Guardian, the Cabinet Office has announced that personal login details for social networking sites, bank accounts, and personal mobile phone accounts could be used as official proof of identity to access public services. The initiative is intended to help people sign in securely to the gov.uk site that is being developed as a portal for accessing government services. The Cabinet Office said it hopes this will help prevent privacy and security issues, such as identity theft, as users will not have to provide their personal information to a centralized government database to create a password and login. With the new process, users will be allowed to choose from a range of “trusteed non-government organizations” to verify their identity. The article expressed concern that while customer identities for bank and mobile phone company customers are fairly well verified, personal profiles on social media sites may not be.

     

    More: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/oct/04/facebook-social-media-identity-proof?INTCMP=SRCH

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