Policy paper

UK digital identity and attributes trust framework alpha v1 (0.1)

Requirements for organisations wanting to provide or consume digital identity products and services.



Please note an updated version of the trust framework was published on 2 August 2021.

Digital identities are an easy way to help us prove who we are without the need for physical documents. They can also help us prove things about us, such as our age or our qualifications.

This document sets out the government’s vision for the rules governing the future use of digital identities. It is part of the government’s wider plan to make it quicker and easier for people to verify themselves using modern technology. The aim is to create a process as trusted as using passports or bank statements.

The government invited comments and feedback on this during February and March 2021. The feedback period closed on Thursday 11 March 2021. An updated version of the framework was published on 2 August 2021.

The ‘trust framework’ lays out a set of rules organisations should follow, including the principles, policies, procedures and standards governing the use of digital identity. The framework sets out areas such as:

  • how organisations should handle and protect people’s data
  • what security and encryption standards should be followed
  • how user accounts should be managed
  • how to protect against fraud and misuse

Once it is finalised, we expect the framework to be brought into law.

For more information, you can read the press notice.

Published 11 February 2021
Last updated 11 January 2023 + show all updates
  1. The page title has been amended to clarify that this version of the trust framework is alpha v1 (0.1)

  2. First published.