‘Lab rat’ concern likely to postpone Hsinchu eID pilot

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 26, 2020
By: Hung Mei-hsiu and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer

Photo: Hung Mei-hsiu, Taipei Times

.The Hsinchu City Government yesterday announced that it would likely delay a trial of the new national electronic identification card (eID) after privacy groups and city councilors said that city residents should not made into government “lab rats.”

“Our No. 1 priority is our residents and the security of their data. If the central government cannot reassure us about the information security concerns, this government will be inclined to delay the pilot program,” the statement said.

“The city government has heard the voices of many citizens and experts who expressed concerns and made suggestions about the eID program, as we continue to communicate with the central government,” it said.

The city’s Department of Civil Affairs had told the public that it should not worry about the security of the cards because a password is required to view personal data, such as the cardholder’s address and family members’ names, stored on the chip.   [FULL  STORY]

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