GOV UK’s Verify Programme Reaches Only 5.4% of Target

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Despite it’s initial success, the Government’s ambitious GOV.UK Verify programme, which aims to simplify and speed up registration for access to online government services, is running out of steam. By outsourcing online verification the Cabinet Office’s Government Digital Service hoped to do away with the cumbersome Government Gateway registration portal. It’s a nice idea but people just aren’t signing up.


Techno praised the service for helping 11,000 people avoid paying late submission fines on their self-assessment form this year, however latest figures show that only 27,187 people have successfully signed up for the service – which is public Beta – so far. Reaching just 5.4% of the half-a-million users GDS estimated that Verify would have by now…

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Dr Alexander Kogan, the app developer who originally harvested the Facebook data, said…

“I think what Cambridge Analytica has tried to sell is magic and made claims this is incredibly accurate and it tells you everything there is to tell about you. But I think the reality is it’s not that. If you sit down and you really work through the statistics and you think what does a correlation of point three means, those claims quickly fall apart. And that’s something any person with a statistical background can go and do.”


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