The Brazilian government has taken an important step towards digital transformation by launching a blockchain-based digital identity card.
The initiative, which is currently active in the first three states that issue identity documents on-chain, aims to issue identity documents nationwide through blockchain technology by November 6.
As Brazil moves forward with the implementation of a new national ID card, the government has also developed a blockchain network to increase data security between the federal revenue administration and civil ID agencies.
The network will support the revenue authority's common registry, known as b-Cadastros, and will be used to search, issue and replace new ID cards and tax registration numbers.
The National Civilian Identity Card (ICN) will be an improved version of Brazil's existing paper identity cards. The project aims to centralize the country's civil identification system and use the ICN database to verify the identities of users accessing public services online.
The new plastic card allows users to create a single digital version of the document and is believed to be more secure as it enables verification via a printed QR code. With blockchain-enabled identity, the Brazilian government also hopes to centralize processes and reduce fraud and illegal activities.
The Federal Data Processing Service (Serpro), Brazil's state-owned IT services company, developed the platform. “The use of the b-Cadastros blockchain platform will be an important determinant for the security and reliability of the National Identity Card project,” said Alexandre Amorim, president of Serpro.
“Blockchain technology plays a fundamental role in protecting personal data and preventing fraud, providing a safer digital experience for Brazilian citizens,” Amorim said.
Blockchain, the basic technology of cryptocurrencies, is thought to have similar features to the internet concept of the 90s.
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