Scottish Government and Scott Logic Team Up to Boost Nation’s Digital Identity Program - Identity Review - Identity Review | Global Tech Think Tank

In an effort to bolster public sector innovation and improve access, the Scottish government recently teamed up with Scott Logic, a UK-based consultancy, to develop a Scottish-centric, interoperable identity schema. The goal of the partnership, known as Digital identity Scotland (DIS), is to build a suite of common platforms to be adopted across the public sector, in effect transforming government.

A Nascent Partnership

Scott Logic, whose technology services range from data engineering to software architecture, employs about 300 people in the UK. Their commitment with the Scottish government is contractually binded; the consultancy is locked in for two years, the projected timeline of the project, and can request two one-year extensions should they be required.

The plan is simple: to introduce an efficient digital identity service to users that proves who they are, that they are eligible for a service, and that ensures their continued trust and security in the process.

“This is a user-driven platform that will improve access to public services in Scotland by providing citizens with a safe and secure way to prove their identity,” Stuart Grey, Head of Consultancy in Scott Logic’s Edinburgh office, told “It will also reduce time and cost for the public sector when delivering digital services.”

The Set Up

The platform is said to boast a four-pronged plan, according to Scott Logic’s website: “secure sign-in for end users, an attribute store, integration with credential providers and integration with service customers, the public sector organisations that depend on verification.” 

The government will handle the roll out; Scott Logic will provide configuration, API development, and full-service management.

A Growing Pattern

Such is not the first time Scott Logic and the Scottish government have collaborated on a project. In October 2020, Scott Logic oversaw the prototype and alpha phases of a payment platform intended for Scottish public sector departments to efficiently manage payments among themselves.

The announcement itself, too, follows a growing transition to government-service digitization.

Notably, the UK’s digital identity movement; this February, the UK government released their plans for a new, interoperable framework for their forthcoming digital identity schema in their jurisdictions.


Olivia Baker is a tech editor and journalist at Identity Review, where she writes on tech policy and national digital identity technologies.

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