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These newsletters are restarting properly now. By accident rather than design, this one’s very digital identity heavy, must be something in the water …
🇺🇸 Login.gov is getting a big investment.
🇦🇺 Australia’s federal government has released draft legislation on digital identity. (Full PDF version here). It proposes allowing use by the private sector, as well as state & territory gov, and for non government entities to be able to issue identities. There would be a new oversight authority reappointed every 5 years that cannot be ‘directed’, to give it some distance from ministerial control. It promises some recourse role for the authority in helping the public if their identity is misused, fines for misuse of the trust mark or moving identity data outside Australia, and an Estonian style ‘dashboard’ to allow visibility over the consents they have provided. The legislation also states that UX must be ’understandable and accessible’.
🇮🇳 India has announced a Health ID number for all, along with digital health records. There’s not much included in the announcement about the digital health records, but back in May the National Health Authority was hiring people with experience of FHIR and other health standards. The Health ID can be linked to Aadhaar, but doesn’t currently have to be, although it has just been mandated for some tax refunds, following on from mandation of some state welfare programs earlier in the year.
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