The past several days have seen major digital ID developments in multiple countries, highlighting the growing prominence and importance of this technology.
In Indonesia, authorities have just embarked on a digital ID program, with the country’s Directorate General of Population and Civil Registration (“Dukcapil”) working to get citizens enrolled in the new Digital Population Identity (IKD) digital app. The IKD activation process asks the user to input their identification number, date of birth, and other personal information, and to upload a photo. From there, the digital ID can be used in place of a physical ID, and to access government services online.
Dukcapil has reportedly been working on the app in collaboration with Estonian authorities, who have experience with their own country’s pioneering digital ID programs.
Meanwhile, authorities in the Philippines have expanded the utility of that country’s growing digital ID program. The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) is now allowing anyone in the Philippines with an internet connection to verify a given PhilID card using an online service. The Philsys Check system scans an ID card’s QR code, and can verify that the card contains a valid digital signature and has not been deactivated.
In a related development, select Civil Registry System outlets in Metro Manila are now using fingerprint scanners to verify PhilID holders who are looking to obtain civil registry documents, further underscoring the growing prominence of digital identity systems in the country.
Finally, across the world in Greece, authorities are putting digital ID technology to a markedly different application. They are preparing to make the use of a mobile ID system mandatory for soccer fans who want to attend matches, as part of an effort to crack down on violence and hooliganism in stadiums.
Speaking to a parliamentary committee this week, the country’s Sports Minister, Yiannis Vroutsis, explained that with mobile technology, “a person’s ID can be automatically cross-checked with a ticket,” adding, “From now on, when a supporter watches a soccer game, we will know his or her name, phone number, home address and assigned seat.”
Stay tuned to Mobile ID World for further developments as this technology continues to gain momentum around the world.
February 6, 2024 – by Alex Perala