Users more inclined to allow government access to social media for identity verification – study

A study by the Open Identity Exchange project has found a significant change in UK online users’ willingness to allow access to their social networks and online accounts for identity verification purposes, compared to a previous study in 2013. Government identity verification standards in the UK require tests against the activity history of an identity, to complement more traditional tests. The study aimed to understand the extent to which users might be willing to allow access to their accounts as trustworthy evidence when creating a digital identity.