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Question reference: S6W-13780

  • Asked by: Beatrice Wishart, MSP for Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date lodged: 11 January 2023
  • Current status: Answered by Ivan McKee on 18 January 2023


To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update regarding its work on the Digital Identity Scotland (DIS) Programme.


The Scottish Government is delivering a digital identity service which aims to improve people’s access to digital public services by providing them with a safe, secure, easy and reusable way to prove who they are or that they are eligible for a public service. We are working in partnership with Disclosure Scotland to launch a private Beta (a live trial involving the first applicants to access the service) early this year. This will include:

  • The ScotAccount secure sign on which will enable users to use one account to securely log in to a variety of public services, using an email address, password, and two-factor authentication codes via text message.
  • The Verify Your Identity feature, which people can use to confirm their identity to a public service, using official documents (initially a passport, UK driving licence, or UK biometric residence permit).

Following the private Beta launch, further developments planned for later this year will include adding other methods for two-factor authentication and identity verification; and work to add an attribute store, which will provide users with a choice to reuse verified personal information to apply for other services.