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Canada Seeks to Digitize ID-Documents for Enhanced Security Measures

Canada, Ontario’s government is working towards digitizing the identity documents and seeks public input on the plan. The government is launching an online consultation program that will record the public’s opinion regarding the digital ID that the government plans to introduce by the end of 2021. 

Through this digital ID program, the businesses and the citizens will be more secure and identity verification would be more convenient through online means. This initiative can help people save a lot of time and money. Access to the government or even the private sector will be more convenient.

Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for Digital and Data Transformation said, “We want to assure people that a digital ID will not only offer simpler and easier access to services, but it will be safe and secure, encrypted and harnessing the latest technology to protect your information and credentials. As we develop this initiative, we want to hear directly from the people to ensure their priorities are reflected in this innovative, digital approach. No one has a monopoly on good ideas and we are prepared to listen.”

The public opinion time will begin from today to 26th February 2021. Public opinion will be taken through public surveys from enterprises. The government requires public participation so the decision is made with their support and everyone’s concerns are heard.

The digital ID will have strong encryption along with the technology for protecting privacy to guarantee that no personal data such as name, date of birth, or address is breached. This step can make Ontario world’s one of the top digital places.

This digitization of identity documents could make age verification more accurate, small businesses can work securely, patients could get verified easily and keep their medical information secure, and the digital ID can also assist in COVID-19 protocol ensuring social distancing through secure online operations.