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Taiwan to Postpone Digital ID Scheme Due to Coronavirus

– Taiwan News

Coronavirus has disrupted Taiwan’s plans to introduce eID cards for its citizens

Taiwan was planning to replace its analog ID cards in October, but due to its reliance on technology from abroad, as the country lacks the cybersecurity expertise required for the project, the technology has been delayed due to the pandemic.

“Addressing public concerns over information security, the MOI [Ministry of Interior] stressed that residents would be allowed to select an eID design without the Citizen Digital Certificate feature or have it deactivated and revoked.”

For transparency, the ID system’s source code would be made publicly available, and the eID cards would first be tested in some cities in order to identify any flaws before becoming nationally available. However, some technologists are still not convinced the designs are safe:

More than a hundred individuals from information technology, law, and other fields have participated in a petition against the introduction of the eID, reported TechNews. Their main concern lies in the security risks of the multipurpose smart card and the signatories are calling for a designated task force to deal with related issues and a law drafted specifically for regulating the new ID

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