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Verify: the Tory online identity proposal which the media has overlooked

Digital chiefs in other Whitehall departments privately describe Verify as "a disaster"

By Bryan Glick  

What is Verify—and how will the Government use it? Photo: PA

It was one of the least remarked upon items in the Conservative election manifesto, hidden away on page 81. Yet it’s a pledge that aims to change the way we all interact with government online—and potentially with banks, internet firms and even online shops, too.

“We shall roll out Verify so that people can identify themselves on all government online services by 2020,” said the manifesto.

But what is Verify, why is it so critical,…

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