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Interim Digital Identity Privacy and IA Specialist

Digital Identity Privacy and IA Specialist: Interim/Contractor 

Location: Bristol and Manchester 

IR35 Status: Inside IR35 

Day Rate: £600 per day

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Who we are:

At the Government Digital Service (GDS), our mission is to build a simple, joined-up and personalised experience of government for everyone. Using our unique position at the centre of government, we develop services that work for the user, however complex the underlying systems may be. We believe that ensuring things work for end users is the only way to realise the efficiencies that come with digital transformation.

Our focus is on delivering five missions in the following areas:

GOV.UK as the single and trusted online destination for government information and services

Joined-up services that solve whole problems and span multiple departments

A simple digital identity solution that works for everyone

Common tools and expert services

Joined-up data across departments

You can read more about these missions and our vision for the transformation of government in our 2021-2024 strategy


  • supporting Digital Identity on data protection, privacy, cyber and information assurance aspects of online government services to ensure Privacy by Design is embedded in Digital Identity design principles and to ensure ongoing security compliance

  • providing expert advice on all matters relating to privacy, data protection and information assurance to Digital Identity to develop alpha and beta products

  • designing and implement data privacy controls and a data assurance plan for Digital Identity alpha and beta for PECR, DPA 2018 and UK GDPR compliance

  • supporting the component set up for DI by risk assessing products and tools required for authentication, identity, fraud prevention for better data privacy and assurance across

  • registering and managing data privacy and assurance issues and risks that relate to Digital Identity

  • identifying relevant Government legal gateways for more effective and lawful utilisation of data across Departments to develop alpha and beta versions of Digital Identity

  • completion of Art 30 Data Processing Records from across the Digital Identity teams, undertaking review and issuing Privacy findings related to Data Protection Impact Assessments for alpha and beta products

  • supporting Digital Identity engagement activity involving key stakeholders to test stakeholder expectation to build their trust and improve user take up of the early prototypes

  • undertaking contractual review of products and tools required for DI alpha and beta implementation for privacy and data protection with procurement for compliance

  • reporting progress against milestones, risks and issues to Digital Identity SMT and senior leaders across GDS where required and relevant

  • working closely with the GDS Head of Privacy and Data Protection to support other GDS digital strategies and services where relevant

  • handling and management of incidents that have resulted in data breaches

  • designing and implementing data sharing arrangements, which may include DSAs and MOUs with other data controllers or processors



  • Expertise in privacy and data protection, GDPR expertise, practical experience, not just theoretical. 

  • At least 5 years experience

  • Expert in Public Electronic Communication Regulation( PECR), being able to do the work without supervision

  • Confident, degree educated, good communication skills

  • Have extensive experience leading complex security and privacy programmes across Government and/or global organisations have an extensive range of cyber, Privacy and information security expertise 

  • Have extensive experience carrying out Privacy information risk assessments for digital services, ideally with a range of formal risk methodologies

  • Have a very strong understanding of the Data Protection Act and be experienced in ensuring DPA compliance for digital services

  • Have very strong communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with customers and stakeholders inside and outside government across different specialist functions

  • Be experienced in working closely with delivery teams to build strong and effective working relationships

  • Have a strong understanding and demonstrable track record in providing Privacy information security assurance of digital identity and other web-based services / cloud services

  • Be able to balance technical, physical personnel and procedural controls to address business and information risks in the most effective way

  • Have extensive experience of delivering reports to private and public sector customers and stakeholders on services and information risk

  • Have excellent problem solving and analytical skills

  • Will be familiar with UK and international, legal and regulatory requirements that could affect privacy organisation security and assurance policies and influence their development as needed

  • Government experience not essential, but preferable


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