Na­tion’s first ID chips for smart­phones is­sued by Jiangxi city

Global Times US Edition - - TOPNEWS - By Liu Xin

In what Chi­nese ex­perts called a mile­stone for on­line iden­tity se­cu­rity and pri­vacy, China’s first batch of 50,000 elec­tronic iden­tity chips for smart­phones were is­sued by a small city govern­ment in East China’s Jiangxi Prov­ince, a lo­cal news­pa­per re­ported on Sun­day.

In co­op­er­a­tion with the Third Re­search In­sti­tute of the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity, the city of Gongqingcheng held a cer­e­mony for a chip less than 0.19 mil­lime­ters thick that at­taches to the phone user’s SIM card, New Le­gal Re­port re­ported on Sun­day.

The SIM eID rep­re­sented a mile­stone for the de­vel­op­ment of on­line iden­tity, the Jiangx­ibased news­pa­per re­ported.

When con­duct­ing trans­ac­tions with a SIM eID, the user need not pro­vide per­sonal in­for­ma­tion – name, ad­dress, phone num­ber and iden­tity card num­ber – as the rel­e­vant on­line plat­form would in­stantly ver­ify the eID in­stead, said the re­port.

A se­cure on­line iden­tity is em­bed­ded in the smart se­cu­rity chip, said Qin An, head of the In­sti­tute of China Cy­berspace Strat­egy.

The eID of­fered greater con­ve­nience for daily life, low­ered the risk of iden­tity theft and pro­tected pri­vacy, on­line trans- ac­tions and vir­tual prop­erty, he said.

“Peo­ple’s daily life re­lies heav­ily on the in­ter­net as we have en­tered the in­ter­net era,” Qin said. “On­line trans­ac­tions are nor­mal, which makes the se­cu­rity of per­sonal in­for­ma­tion an im­por­tant is­sue.”

Per­sonal in­for­ma­tion leak­age has be­come a se­ri­ous prob­lem in the in­ter­net era.

Ac­cord­ing to in­com­plete sta­tis­tics, some 6.5 bil­lion pieces of Chi­nese res­i­dents’ per­sonal in­for­ma­tion were leaked in 2016, the Peo­ple’s Daily re­ported.

The em­bed­ded eID must be au­tho­rized by the min­istry and re­lies on smart se­cu­rity chip and en­cryp­tion tech­nol­ogy, New Le­gal Re­port quoted Leng Lu from the min­istry re­search in­sti­tute as say­ing.

The eID could also be used in reg­u­lat­ing the mi­grant pop­u­la­tion, Ye Guob­ing, Com­mu­nist Party chief of Jiangxi’s pro­vin­cial po­lice col­lege, who at­tended the cer­e­mony on Sun­day, was quoted as say­ing by New Le­gal Re­port.

The eID “lays the foun­da­tion of man­age­ment of in­ter­net so­ci­ety,” Ye said, and could “help reg­u­late the pop­u­la­tion in cy­berspace.”

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