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Public Sector Identity Assurance Guidelines and Standards

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Identity assurance is a consistent requirement for how the public sector delivers services to its customers. While there are great many similarities in how global jurisdictions approach this, there are also interesting differences. This blog post provides pointers to some of those national standards and guidelines.

As part of my personal goal of expanding the ‘hiking and backpacking + federated identity’ dream globally, I actively track the public sector identity work in Australia, Canada, U.K, U.S and New Zealand. I also track others, but they tend to be more opportunistic.

At the same time, given the ever-changing landscape, the areas that I focus on are:

  1. Identity risk assessment approaches
  2. Token/Credential strength approaches
  3. Identity validation and verification approaches
  4. Relying party compensating control approaches

Here are the pointers to the jurisdiction specific standards and guidelines, that I am aware of, that focus on the above areas:



New Zealand



If you have corrections to offer to the listing for the jurisdictions above, or information on the identity assurance practices of other jurisdictions, please leave a pointer in the comments.

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