Taiwan plans eID cards by 2020


Taiwan's parliament has unveiled a plan to replace national ID cards with electronic ID cards to be issued nationwide in the second half of 2020.

Local media reports that the National Development Council (NDC), which oversees the Executive Yuan’s “smart government” initiative, made the announcement at a weekly news conference.

Popularizing digital ID cards is a critical step toward becoming a “smart government,” NDC Minister Chen Mei-ling said, reported the Taipei Times.

He added that that several technologically advanced countries, including Singapore and Estonia, have adopted such cards.

The “eID” would serve as a “key” rather than a data storage device, as it would not be able to store personal data, Chen said.

A person’s information would be encrypted before it is uploaded to a cloud via a backbone network shared by government agencies, which would only be allowed to access the data when necessary, she said, adding that people do not need to worry about their privacy being violated.


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