Electronic Identity Verification in the UK
Ranked 6th in World for Ease of Doing Business
- GDC covers over 90% of the addressable adult population in the UK. 90%
With 66 million people and counting, the UK’s prominent market ranks as a top global economic power.
London is Europe’s financial center, home to some of the continent’s largest banks as well as a vast ecosystem of brokerage firms, lawyer, asset managers, and traders. It also thrives as a technology startup hub, ranking third in Europe on the International Innovation Index. The UK adheres to common data privacy standards. Its Data Protection Act (DPA) regulates data controllers that collect and process personal information. Each must register with the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), an independent authority charged with upholding information rights in the public interest. The ICO has the right to take criminal and civil actions against data controllers that operate outside the bounds of the DPA. GDC covers approximately 90 percent of the United Kingdom’s adult population for instant electronic identity verification. We work directly with in-country UK partners to provide access to credit-based datasets plus government, commercial and consumer sources. Each complies fully with UK and EU law.
Verifiable Data Elements in the UK
Date of Birth
Data Sources Available for Identity Verification in the UK
With GDC’s Data as a Service model, all data is stored and maintained in the UK in compliance with the country’s Data Protection Act. The sources are independent reference data sets that are qualified for identity verification use cases, and they are reliably updated and maintained by GDC’s data partners. No personally identifiable information leaves the source databases in the process of verifying identities.
How Global Data Consortium Works
The GDC global identity verification platform integrates the best available data and verification intelligence curated from our dozens of in-country partners. Each partner maintains identity verification solutions in their home country, helping in-country clients solve a variety of business problems. They deliver the most reliable identity verification results because they speak the language, understand the regulatory environment, and offer local expertise. Before joining the consortium, partners are required to go through a thorough vetting process, and their data must pass rigorous testing before it is released to GDC customers. But once they qualify to participate, they are our true partners and a big part of the GDC difference.