25 September 2023

Privacy assessment for ID online

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The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has released its second Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) in readiness for the use of digital identities online.

The assessment has been made of the Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF) which sets out the rules and standards to be followed by organisations providing digital ID services, including many Government Agencies.

DTA said the digital identity will make it easier for people to prove who they are when using government services online.

“The TDIF sets out the rules and standards which must be followed by every organisation providing digital identity services,” DTA said.

“This includes Government Agencies such as the Australian Taxation Office, which will operate the myGovID identity provider, the Department of Human Services, which operate the identity exchange, as well as any private sector suppliers who join the program later on.”

It said it had commissioned the multi-phase Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) process to help identify, assess and minimise privacy risks in the framework.

“PIAs are an important step in the protection of privacy for projects that involve the handling of personal information,” the Agency said.

“This assessment focuses on strengthening the privacy requirements of the framework, ensuring data quality and making sure users have a consistent experience.”

Among recommendations made by the assessment were that complaints should be responded to within 30 days and the TDIF should be reviewed after three years.

The full 69-page PIA can be accessed at this PS News link.

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