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Taiwan will launch the blockchain-based digital ID system in 2020

Taiwan will launch the blockchain-based digital ID system in 2020

The Taiwanese government is planning to implement a blockchain-based digital identification system in 2020, the local news agency CNA reported last week.

Premier William Lai announced the intention to launch the new eID system at a meeting held last week. The initiative is part of the broader efforts aimed at implementing "smart government" to promote the digital transformation of the government.

Chen Mei-ling, the minister of the National Development Council (NDC), said that Taiwan has been promoting e-government for a long time. In the wake of the digital economy, the government must move towards an intelligent government, he said, adding that the most important thing is digital identity.

Mei-ling explained that the eID will only be used for identification purposes and will not store any data. This means that the new system would not be subject to the problem of violating personal privacy.

The blockchain-based digital ID system should shorten administrative procedures and allow Taiwanese citizens to make 80% of government services online, such as applying for government benefits, searching for medical data in medical institutions, and electronic voting .

[Majority of the article has been translated online from source]

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