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E-ID cards to not be put into use rashly: official

E-ID cards to not be put into use rashly: official

Taipei, May 11 (CNA) A planned e-ID card still has several interface and information security problems that need to be resolved and will not be put into use rashly, an official said Monday responding to reports that Taiwan's first e-ID card could be unveiled in 2017. According to the reports, the card would serve multiple purposes, including as a driver's license, vehicle license, national health insurance card, MRT pass and e-voting ID and could even be used to file taxes. But the official said the card would not be that functional.
"We are not planning for it to have such magical powers," Deputy Interior Minister Chen Chun-ching (???) told reporters at the Legislature on Monday. He said that even if the card had many types of information, they would not all be revealed on a single card reader. Instead, different government agencies would be authorized to only access information relevant to their needs, and the individual's household information would be closed to all, according to Chen. The ministry will soon send a team to Estonia to see how e-ID cards and e-voting are working in practice there, he said. "In principle, it will be a closed household system," he said, explaining that if police or related agencies need to use the information, they will have to obtain the consent of the ministry. "(That is) the most basic principle we will abide by," he said. Asked if personal information would be exposed if an e-ID card were lost, Chen acknowledged that the problem still had to be overcome but he stressed that "not all information will be revealed when it is inserted into a card reader." Reports said that more than 18.80 million ID cards currently in use will be replaced with the e-ID cards in 2017. The current 12 spaces filled out on paper ID cards at present, which include the holder's name, gender, spouse, parents and home address, will be reduced to a minimum, the reports said. (By Wen Kui-hsiang and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-26 08:51 GMT+08:00