News Flash: Taiwan Targets 2020 for Digital ID
Government says digital ID cards will enable online access to 80% of public services
The government of Taiwan is planning to roll out a digital identification system in 2020, according to various reports by local news outlets. The reports said the initiative, which is part of the government’s broader digital transformation efforts, is designed to give Taiwanese citizens online access to 80% of government services, such as applying for government allowances, searching for medical data and conducting electronic voting.
Chen Mei-ling, the Minister of the National Development Council, said that a digital identity system is pivotal to enable a smart government that can harness advances in artificial intelligence. To that end, the government plans to replace the classic identification cards with a digital ID in the second half of 2020. To protect individuals’ privacy, she explained that the new ID will only be used for identification purposes and would not store any data. She likened the digital ID to a “key”. An individual’s information would be encrypted before it is uploaded to the cloud via a backbone network shared by government agencies, the reports said.Back