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Taiwan to issue electronic ID cards in a year: minister

2017/10/19 21:46:42

Yeh Jiunn-rong (葉俊榮)

Taipei, Oct. 19 (CNA) Taiwan's Interior Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong (葉俊榮) announced Thursday at the Internal Administration Committee of the Legislative Yuan that electronic identity cards (eID) will be issued within a year.

Yeh told legislators that his ministry, in an attempt to communicate fully with the public on this issue, has conducted seminars and phone interviews with people in Taiwan regarding replacing the current ID cards with electronic ones.

The government understands that eID cards is a global trend nowadays and it has been mulling the issue of switching to electronic cards that contain a chip to store all kinds of personal information, he said.

At the same time, the minister reiterated the importance of securing users' personal data with comprehensive regulations and added that a thorough understanding of user habits is a top priority before launching the eID cards.

"We will have the Executive Yuan to approve the final proposal of promoting eID in the country," he said.

(By Liu Lee-jung and Isabel Wang)