E-gov­er­nance ad­vo­cate Ilves com­ments on al­leged Es­to­nian ID card vul­ner­a­bil­ity

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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.


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