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MOI unveils electronic identification card

AT YOUR DISCRETION:The ministry said it would leave the choice of whether to integrate information such as an e-mail address or credit card data to cardholders

Staff writer, with CNA

The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) yesterday unveiled plans for a new electronic national identification card (eID) that would integrate information from the digital citizens’ certificate and the National Health Insurance Card.

The ministry plans to issue embedded-chip national identification cards in 2018, replacing the 18.8 million paper cards currently in circulation.

The eID plan is still only in the development stage, and the National Development Council has set up an online platform that is to operate until Feb. 2 for discussion of the matter, the ministry said.

To reduce the risk of counterfeiting or alterations of the paper cards, the ministry plans to issue multifunctional anti-forgery eIDs to reduce issuance costs and improve the government’s administrative effectiveness and the nation’s international competitiveness.

The front of the eID is to bear the cardholder’s Chinese and Romanized names, as well as the holder’s date of birth printed in both Gregorian calendar and Republic of China calendar year formats, the ministry said.

Information on the eID’s chip is to include gender; national identification number; a photograph; the names of the cardholder’s parents and spouse; the holder’s registered household address; and the dates of validity of that information.

The integration of information such as an e-mail address or bank, credit and e-card data into the chip is to be at the discretion of cardholders, the ministry said.

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