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On the Use of Digital Identity in Asia (1) – Digital ID in Taiwan

– OCF Lab

  • Report
  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • Via Ho Ming-hsuan (OCF Lab)
  • 29 January 2021

A 3-part series looking at forms of electronic and digital identification used by some Asian countries, in order to help Taiwan identify areas that it can improve its own digital ID experience

This report on Taiwan focuses on the rollout of New eID, a card citizens can use for digital identity authentication to access services provided by the public and private sectors.

“This policy of producing digital ID has undergone numerous revisions since its launch in 2015… to combine the existing National ID Card and the Citizen Digital Certificate into a new digital ID card with a chip.”

The concerns the New eID has raised are outlined, including the lack of a full assessment of information security risk, increased risks of surveillance on individuals, and national security concerns, for which the civic society and academia propose three solutions.

At present, there is no dedicated entity with regard to personal data protection in Taiwan, it is yet another reason why many people consider such policy implementation inappropriate

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