When your identity becomes electronic
The emergence and irrepressible rise of electronic identity cards (eID) comes as no surprise. Advances in digital technology, mobility, and multimedia access to private services establish conditions in which clients and citizens naturally expect the same from public services. Deloitte openly discussed this development in its study on the future of public services and the switch to digital on a 2020 horizon. Conducted over more than a year by collating the views of all stakeholders in the government and quasi government realm, this study will be updated regularly and is available free of charge on the Internet. For example, the development mentioned can be found at http://government-2020.dupress.com.
An ever greater need to identify a person…
The need to identify an individual beyond doubt, whether this be a citizen—as is usually the case—or a category of person in general (resident, etc.), inevitably grows as the number of procedures that can be carried out online, without direct contact, increases. When the individual is considered to belong to an organization (typical example: an employee authorized to represent a company with a certain degree of authority), the issue is even more sensitive. Complicating factors naturally appear in such a situation: greater time aspect, increased need to monitor and track procedures and implement security measures if the representational link is broken so that, ultimately, only one identity is managed.
…and a threat that is growing as a result
Alongside the spread and diversity of these types of situation, the threat to our modern society is growing exponentially as it feeds on the surge in contactless transactions, whether or not there is a financial impact. The greater the number of remote procedures and related issues there are, and the bigger they are—all constantly accessible and requiring strong authentication—the more obvious the attraction to criminals will be. Then there is the fact that gains are often easy and lower risk (legislation is struggling to keep up and investigations are incredibly slow), and victims are in a position of weakness. Identity theft, which can affect all of us in every guise (citizen, subject, employee, parent, social network user) is a blight on our modern society yet paradoxically we have never had so many ways of recording and exchanging data between us.
Inside magazine Special Edition - Public Sector, December 2015
This special edition includes a variety of topics related to development such as social progress, healthcare and education, and describes issues related to resource efficiency from a demographic and societal perspective.