MOI halts eID plan
Courtesy of ICRT
The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) has halted the plan for electronic national ID cards.
In an announcement, the MOI says as many people, experts and groups have expressed grave concerns over the digital cards' safety, it has decided to suspend the policy until after special laws are enacted.
The ministry originally planned to issue new electronic ID cards in July this year after trial runs in certain locations.
Those locations were later reduced to just one city, Hsinchu, but last month the Hsinchu mayor said he is inclined to delay the trial run due to concern about whether the new smart ID would invade personal privacy.
Many experts have also called for the enactment of specific regulations to govern the eID, citing unresolved issues including potential data breaches, accountability, and the justification for collecting the digital footprints of citizens.