17 Mar '17, 7am

One digital ID to rule them all?

One digital ID to rule them all?

Last month, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reiterated his vision for Singapore to have a digital ID for more efficiency. He mentioned how Estonian citizens have a digital access card for secure online transactions such as accessing national health insurance and bank accounts, remarking: "The Estonians have this: There is no reason why we should not have it." A digital ID or identification is akin to a digital version of the NRIC or identity card. Whereas the NRIC is used to verify one's identity in the physical world, the digital ID verifies identity online. In the digital world where people hide behind fake online identities, a verifiable ID system can make online databases more reliable, and reduce the time required for people to log in and out of different systems. Estonia pioneered, and now leads the world in, digital ID systems. Like Estonia, Singapore has a relativel...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/one-digital-id-to-rul...

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