New ID cards to feature ‘military grade’ security

Taipei Times
Date:  Aug 27, 2020
By: William Hetherington / Staff writer, with CNA

The electronic national ID (eID) card will have a “military grade” information-security system, a senior Ministry of the Interior official said yesterday.

The government announced last year that new ID cards that combined existing national ID cards with Citizen Digital Certificates would be launched by October this year.

However, early last month, Department of Household Registration Affairs Director Chang Wan-yi (張琬宜) said that travel restrictions triggered by COVID-19 had made importing the equipment to manufacture the cards difficult, so the rollout would likely be pushed back until next year.

Chang yesterday confirmed that the program has been delayed probably until next year, due to improvements being made to the cards and production issues caused by the pandemic.

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