Digital ‘ID cards’ lead the Dominic Cummings data revolution | News | The Times

No 10 plans to create online “ID cards” for British citizens as Dominic Cummings tries to revolutionise the use of data across government.

Under proposals announced yesterday each person will be assigned a unique digital identity to help them with such tasks as registering with a new GP.

The details have yet to be finalised but it is understood that legislation could be amended to remove the need for landlords to check tenants’ immigration documents. Witnesses would no longer have to attend signings on property deals in person, and bar owners would be able to digitally verify drinkers’ ages.

Emergency measures in response to coronavirus, such as the self-employment income support scheme, exposed difficulties in identifying people. When the pandemic started the government’s databases had