Canada Is Plotting a Digital ID System

August 14th, 2022 1:23 PM

Canada is working on implementing a digital ID system at the federal level.

The country seems to believe that its “Digital Ambition” plan will make government services more “accessible and flexible.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for government services to be accessible and flexible in the digital age,” the plan that was released this month reads. "The next step in making services more convenient to access is a federal Digital Identity Program, integrated with pre-existing provincial platforms."

The Canadian government argues that the program would authenticate a person's identity akin to a driver’s license or passport.

“Digital identity is the electronic equivalent of a recognized proof-of-identity document (for example, a driver’s license or passport) and confirms that ‘you are who you say you are’ in a digital context.”

Canada plans to use a “vast amount” of personal data to “make better business decisions” and “design better policies and programs.”

“We need to use the vast amount and variety of data and information the [Government of Canada] collects, creates and holds (including personal, financial, geospatial, scientific and statistical data and information) to make better business decisions, provide better advice to ministers and design better policies and programs, and in turn, deliver a better service experience.”

The country hopes to implement the program over the next three years.

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