Quarkside

06/01/2012

Identity Governance: Protect-Policy

Filed under: Governance,Policy,Risk,Security — lenand @ 9:48 am
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The Cabinet Office has completed some DRAFT policy documents on an Identity Assurance Framework.  In June 2011 they were “Final Draft approved for external review”.  There is some very good work documented with significant implications if the recommendations are acted upon.  They have been circulated to a limited extent, but every page has been protectively marked as:

PROTECT – POLICY

DRAFT – THIS IS NOT A STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT POLICY 

The marking indicates that there are risks in widely circulating the documents.  It is a clear warning to Quarkside not to publish them and contribute to open debate.   On inspection, the criteria for assessing PROTECT (Sub-national security marking) assets are:

  • cause distress to individuals;
  • breach proper undertakings to maintain the confidence of information provided by third parties;
  • breach statutory restrictions on the disclosure of information cause financial loss or loss of earning potential, or to facilitate improper gain;
  • unfair advantage for individuals or companies;
  • prejudice the investigation or facilitate the commission of crime; 
  • disadvantage government in commercial or policy negotiations with others.

Surely “external review” should mean what it implies, and that the Cabinet Office should obtain feedback from more experts before the policy is cast in bronze.  There are enormous implications to Local Authority and Voluntary sector service providers. Couldn’t the draft be published for consultation and made unrestricted less than six months after internal approval?

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