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9. We will be using new tools to do background checking against identity information from other parts of government and the private sector. Particularly important is improving our ability to check people's identity details against other data within government, most obviously data held by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which covers the vast majority of the UK population. In 2007, checks to validate identity will start being done against the electronic records of deaths (held by DWP) and naturalisation (held by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND)), followed progressively by data on marriages and births, and matching against identity information on other relevant government department databases from 2008 onwards.

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Here's where the credit-referencing agencies (which are already way ahead of where government is) come in, as well as the statistical specialists. There's so much that can be done here - this is why we need good intentions, transparency and informed consent.

Posted by William on 2007-01-21 16:46:36.
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