E-governance advocate Ilves comments on alleged Estonian ID card vulnerability
The ex-President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who has been an active advocate of e-governance has emphasised that a possible security risk with Estonian ID cards has not put that the country’s reputation as an e-state at risk.
According to Estonian public broadcaster ERR, the former President of Estonia has since January 2017 has been working as a visiting fellow at the prestigious Stanford University in the U.S. and also this year, Ilves was awarded the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Reinhard Mohn prize for his work on the promotion of a digital state. After news broke early in September that there was a potential security risk affecting hundreds of thousands of Estonian ID cards, Ilves’ position on the issue has been that Estonia’s reputation as an e-state was not endangered, as all systems were working and the issue was only a technical one with the physical chip used in affected ID cards.
Ilves evaluated that many people abroad consider that the establishment of a digital state depends on technology, while actually the key was the legislative basis as the foundation of it.