Elec­tronic ID to boost on­line se­cu­rity

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YAN zhangyan1@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China plans to make use of elec­tronic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion in a bid to pro­tect pri­vate in­for­ma­tion and curb In­ter­net fraud, ac­cord­ing to the Third Re­search In­sti­tute of the Min­istry of Public Se­cu­rity.

The coun­try is con­duct­ing re­search into a sys­tem of on­line ID with sup­port from the Min­istry of Science and Tech­nol­ogy, the Na­tional Devel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion and the Min­istry of Public Se­cu­rity.

The eID, an elec­tronic tool to rec­og­nize users’ IDs on the In­ter­net, will be sub­mit­ted to the Na­tional Pop­u­la­tion Data­base for care­ful checks be­fore be­ing is­sued to mem­bers of the public.

Tech­nol­ogy will be used to en­sure that data kept in the eID can­not be read, copied or tam­pered with, said the in­sti­tute.

“The eID tech­nol­ogy, which could ef­fec­tively check the va­lid­ity of peo­ple’s on­line IDs, will be con­ducive to pro­tect­ing their pri­vacy and the safety of their prop­erty when they are us­ing so­cial me­dia or e-com­merce plat­forms,” said a se­nior of­fi­cial from the in­sti­tute who de­clined to re­veal his name.

In re­cent years, the num­ber of cases in­volv­ing pri­vate in­for­ma­tion dis­clo­sure, on­line hacker at­tacks, com­mer­cial fraud and fake in­for­ma­tion has risen sharply, pos­ing se­ri­ous threats to e-com­merce trad­ing and in­di­vid­ual se­cu­rity.

“Due to the lack of a sys­tem to rec­og­nize peo­ple’s on­line IDs, most ne­ti­zens are us­ing their names and ID num­bers or per­sonal in­for­ma­tion to iden­tify them­selves, which makes them vul­ner­a­ble,” said Yan Zem­ing, direc­tor of the eID re­search and devel­op­ment depart­ment at the in­sti­tute.

The eID could be em­bed­ded in var­i­ous kinds of chips and smart cards, in­clud­ing so­cial se­cu­rity cards, res­i­dence per­mit cards, bank cards or mo­bile SIM cards, Yan said. It will be rec­og­nized by card read­ers or smartphones.

“Peo­ple who hold the eID can swipe a card for ac­cess to a min­istry’s data­base and ver­ify their on­line ID rather than of­fer­ing their pri­vate in­for­ma­tion to dif­fer­ent web­sites,” Yan said.

“Con­sid­er­ing there are more than 600 mil­lion Chi­nese In­ter­net users, it’s more than nec­es­sary to in­vest in this in­fra­struc­ture to pro­tect pri­vacy and elim­i­nate on­line hack­ing or fraud,” said Dai Peng, direc­tor of the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Col­lege at the Peo­ple’s Public Se­cu­rity Uni­ver­sity of China.

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