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UK May Use Facebook Logins for National Identity Scheme

By - Source: The Independent | B 20 comments

Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it had officially reached one billion users, and at times it does seem like the world and its mother is on Facebook. Now it seems the UK government may allow citizens to use Facebook logins to access to public services. The move is part of IDA, the Identity Assurance programme, which aims to provide people with an easier way to log on to online government services.

According to The Independent, the government is set to announce the first list of potential "certified providers" for the programme in the next few weeks. IDA will see people apply for services including tax credits and passports using one of their already established logins to prove their identity. The Independent reports that the Cabinet Office is understood to have had discussions with the Post Office, banks, cell phone companies, and numerous tech companies including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, PayPal and BT.

According to the Independent, chosen companies will have their identification systems subjected to security testing. If they make it through, they'll be awarded an "Identity Provider" kitemark, which means they're on the list of approved organizations set to be announced on October 22.

In a blog post published earlier this week, the UK government stressed that such a system would mean 'no big IT programme and no big government database,' and said that will put people in charge of their own information. The idea is that by offering a choice of methods for logging in, people remain in control of the verification of their identity. 

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    echondo , October 6, 2012 7:05 AM
    No. Just no. Just stop.
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    Richeemxx , October 6, 2012 7:51 AM
    echondoNo. Just no. Just stop.

    Seriously when is enough going to be enough? Almost every dang site out there now days wants you to login with FB, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn or some other social media crap. There is no reason governments should follow suit.
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    cuecuemore , October 6, 2012 7:46 AM
    Where's the dislike button for this?
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  • 23 Hide
    echondo , October 6, 2012 7:05 AM
    No. Just no. Just stop.
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    kcorp2003 , October 6, 2012 7:11 AM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqbjDbnBWgo

    yep that sounds about right.
  • 12 Hide
    Kami3k , October 6, 2012 7:20 AM
    Come on UK, don't have politics as bad as the US!
  • 17 Hide
    cuecuemore , October 6, 2012 7:46 AM
    Where's the dislike button for this?
  • 18 Hide
    Richeemxx , October 6, 2012 7:51 AM
    echondoNo. Just no. Just stop.

    Seriously when is enough going to be enough? Almost every dang site out there now days wants you to login with FB, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn or some other social media crap. There is no reason governments should follow suit.
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    ksampanna , October 6, 2012 7:58 AM
    Must warn all the poor twits who think this is convenient, without realising that whichever service they access via their fb accounts, also has access to their personal profile, photos, activities, etc
  • 0 Hide
    greghome , October 6, 2012 8:03 AM
    I thought facebook itself has been doing this for years?
  • 8 Hide
    srap , October 6, 2012 8:47 AM
    And I thought that the parlament of my country had the most idiots cramped inside... guess both the Greek and the British proved me wrong.
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    assasin32 , October 6, 2012 10:41 AM
    I wonder why I even both having a scrap email account now days for signing up to websites and such, I should just make a scrap facebook account for all this junk. Sounds easier to deal with, for once I think I found something that facebook may be useful for. I think thats a first on a tech website.
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    southernshark , October 6, 2012 10:53 AM
    time to go back to Myspace.
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    freggo , October 6, 2012 11:06 AM
    This is such a dumb idea, I don't even know where to begin.
    So I'll just cry a little...
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    A Bad Day , October 6, 2012 12:19 PM
    I wonder if FB sent some "campaign funds" to whoever thought it was a great idea...
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    madooo12 , October 6, 2012 12:48 PM
    that's idiotic, just like the constitution committee website only allows you to submit comments or rate them using a fucking facebook account

    this is just retarded, if facebook were an open thing or something made for that purpose I'd probably understand that, but it's a company owned by a bunch of businessmen which is against user rights, It just feels wrong, It wouldn't if they had used some service from oracle or vmware, but they chose to use facebook, don't they know that there are some people who don't use it
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    Camikazi , October 6, 2012 3:25 PM
    Kami3kCome on UK, don't have politics as bad as the US!

    Seems the US was just ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to dumb decisions I guess, you are all gonna catch up and we can all be stupid together :) 
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    spasmolytic46 , October 6, 2012 4:17 PM
    Gonna laugh so hard the first I see a message telling someone they've been approved for food stamps. Gonna cry when they all spend money on facebook games.
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    bigdragon , October 6, 2012 5:18 PM
    assasin32I wonder why I even both having a scrap email account now days for signing up to websites and such, I should just make a scrap facebook account for all this junk. Sounds easier to deal with, for once I think I found something that facebook may be useful for. I think thats a first on a tech website.

    That is why I registered my pet! However, when you deny FB permission to look at contacts or track you they still find a way to do it anyway. A couple friends on FB noticed my pet about a week after his account was created because it was suggested to them. Not happy about this, and not registering an account for myself. Really can't stand FB. I like my pre-FB social sites.
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    thecolorblue , October 6, 2012 6:54 PM
    anyone who does this gives facebook carte blanche access to their personal acct on those govt sites

    FU$%tard politicians handing everything over to corporations on a greasy silver platter along with a bottle of KY
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    devBunny , October 7, 2012 2:01 AM
    Please, anyone, tell me that this is just some journalist who thinks April's just started. :-(
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    Anonymous , October 7, 2012 10:58 AM
    its about right for the UK leaders to screw the country with idiocy like this........
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    gm0n3y , October 7, 2012 11:02 PM
    Still not planning on making an FB account.