Managing personal identity and consent without tears

Tuesday 23 February 2016

Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps



  • Ian Litton, Commissioning Lead for Information Assets for Warwickshire County Council
  • David Evans, Director of Community and Policy for BCS.

Synopsis: Proving user eligibility for services, often relies on accessing data held by other organisations. Typically, this involves slow and cumbersome paper processes that are costly and inconvenient for everyone involved. Ian will discuss how assured on-line identities, informed customer consent, and attribute exchange can be used to deliver complex, eligibility-based services on-line and in real time. This event will be of interest to anyone faced with the challenge of providing on-line services to known and authorised individuals without undue constraint and complication. The talk will cover:

  • Using GOV.UK Verify to achieve a trustworthy, online identity
  • An open standards architecture for attribute exchange that will allow data to flow freely, with customer consent
  • A local government example of attribute exchange in action
  • User reactions
  • The transformational potential of attribute exchange in the public sector
  • How attribute exchange could extend to the private sector
  • Some upcoming technologies relevant to identity and attribute exchange - User Managed Access (UMA) and Block Chain technologies

Ian’s talk will be preceded by a short introduction from David Evans to the current BCS initiative to develop a set of policies for personal data.

About the Speakers

Ian Litton is the Commissioning Lead for Information Assets at Warwickshire County Council. He has fulfilled a number of different roles at WCC, from systems development through to strategy development. He was the WCC e-Government Project Manager from 2000 to 2006 with a remit to transform the delivery of services through digital channels. From 2010 to 2012 Ian worked on the award winning Connect Digitally Programme that transformed the delivery of Free School Meal services across the country. Until recently he was the Strategy, Programme and Information Manager in Information Assets. For the past two and a half years he has been working closely with The Government Digital Service, the Open Identity Exchange and private sector partners to demonstrate how the Government's identity management solution, Verify, can be used to underpin efficient, real-time exchange of data between organisations in order to deliver transformational on-line services in the public sector. This work has been documented in a series of white papers available on the OIX web site

David Evans is Director of Community and Policy at the BCS.


  • 6.00pm -  Registration
  • 6.30pm -  David Evans - BCS Personal Data Policy Development
  • 6.40pm -  Ian Litton - Using online identity & consent to drive service transformation
  • 7.30pm -  Networking