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Taiwan to launch digital eID in 2020

System will not threaten citizens' privacy: NDC

Cabinet spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka (left) and NDC Minister Chen Mei-ling.

Cabinet spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka (left) and NDC Minister Chen Mei-ling. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taiwan will launch the digital eID for its citizens in 2020, Premier William Lai (賴清德) told the regular weekly Cabinet meeting Thursday.

The replacement of the classic identity card by the digitalized eID was an important policy to speed up the digital transformation of government in tandem with the global community, the Central News Agency reported.

Lai said the use of Artificial Intelligence and other new technologies needed to improve the quality of government and lay the foundation for a more effective digital smart government.

The Ministry of Interior should start the full replacement of the existing ID cards by the digital eID version during 2020, the premier told the Cabinet.

Government departments needed to use the Internet to share information in a reliable and secure way, thus increasing the value of the documents, according to Lai.

National Development Council Minister Chen Mei-ling (陳美伶) described the eID as a key, a point of access linked to government databases but without containing any data of its own, thus posing no threat to the holder’s privacy, CNA reported.

Updated : 2021-05-12 23:57 GMT+08:00