Scottish CIC excluded from UK identity providers group

Mydex, the Scottish community interest company, has been excluded from the group of organisations providing identity assurance services to support the GOV.UK Verify identity assurance platform.

Barclays and PayPal are among five new providers. GB Group, Morpho and Royal Mail have also been awarded a place on the UK Government’s second identity assurance framework.

They join the Post Office, Experian, Digidentity and Verizon – appointed as part of the first framework, which included Glasgow-based Mydex.

Janet Hughes, head of policy and engagement in the Identity Assurance Programme, said: “Mydex CIC will continue to work with the Identity Assurance Programme, and the Government more broadly, on the policy and delivery areas within specific areas of its expertise around verified attribute exchange and consent management for data sharing.

“Mydex CIC has been an important partner for GOV.UK Verify and, although it will no longer be one of the certified identity providers under GOV.UK Verify, that partnership is ongoing and they are already an approved G-Cloud 6 supplier for their live ISO27001 certified services.”

Chris Ferguson, director of the Identity Assurance Programme, said: “Mydex CIC has made a fantastic contribution to the development of GOV.UK Verify and we’ve greatly benefited from their input. We look forward to continuing to work with them through the OIX forum.”

Hughes added: “Mydex CIC goals for citizens – the community they serve – remain aligned with HMG policy on respecting privacy and offering consent driven identity assurance and data sharing.

“Mydex CIC will continue to participate in the development of open identity assurance services and trust frameworks alongside GOV.UK Verify and industry leaders from private sector businesses through OIX.”

David Alexander, Mydex founder and chief executive, said: “Our understanding of wider sectors – health, local government, social housing third sector and industry – makes us a knowledgeable partner.

“As an OIX member, we are excited to contribute in practical ways to the range of ongoing projects that play to these strengths.

“We will also continue to work with other organisations in the private and public sector as they connect to the Mydex Platform.”