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Taiwan's new digital IDs not made in China: Deputy interior minister

Chen Tsung-yen shuts down claims new digital ID cards made in China

Taiwan's new digital ID card (Ministry of the Interior photo)

Taiwan's new digital ID card (Ministry of the Interior photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Deputy Minister of the Interior Chen Tsung-yen (陳宗彥) on Wednesday (Dec. 9) stated that the inputs for Taiwan’s new digital ID cards are definitely not produced in China.

The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) announced in October that starting from January 2021, a small-scale trial of digital ID card renewals would be conducted in certain districts of Penghu County, Hsinchu City, and New Taipei City. However, the ministry said Wednesday that the trial will initially be carried out only in Hsinchu City, adding that renewal is purely voluntary, CNA reported.

In response to Democratic Progressive Party legislator Lai Hui-yuan’s (賴惠員) question about what information the new ID card displays, Chen said the digital ID will only provide one’s name, date of birth, place of birth, ID number, and marital status. There will be no “parents” or “spouse” columns.

Lai then claimed that while the French identity-security company Idemia is responsible for blank ID card production, its production line for Asia is suspected to be in Shenzhen, China. Chen emphasized: "The blank cards are definitely not produced in China."

According to Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇), the new version of the card discloses less personal data than the original and comes with anti-counterfeiting features.

Next month, the MOI will also begin issuing new Alien Resident Certificates (ARC) and Alien Permanent Resident Certificates (APRC) with the same numbering format as Taiwanese national ID cards, making it easier for foreign residents of the country to fill out online registration systems, book reservations, make bank transactions, purchase travel insurance, participate in credit card promotions, and sign up for online job banks.

Updated : 2022-05-29 05:08 GMT+08:00