France introduces digital ID scheme

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By Reclaim the Net

Days after French President Emmanuel Macron’s re-election, Prime Minister Jean Castex confirmed the formation of a digital ID system, dubbed the “Digital Identity Guarantee Service.”

France announced the new system will operate via a smartphone and will be called “Service de garantie de l’identité numérique” (SGIN) (“Digital Identity Guarantee Service”).

The app will be an extension of the electronic Carte Nationale d’Identité (CNIe) and will authenticate a person’s identity for granting access to both public and private sector services.

Under the proposals, a smartphone’s NFC reader will scan citizens’ biometric identity cards.

The move sparked outrage, including from the leader of opposition party Les Patriotes Florian Philippot, who called on voters to reject the idea.

“Just after the election, the government announces the launch of ‘a digital identity application’!” Philippot said.

“The goal: to put social credit in the Chinese way. Control and surveillance company! Let’s totally reject this application and fight by any means!”

Elsewhere, the EU is proceeding with plans to switch citizens in the bloc to a digital identity wallet in the next 18 months.

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