Mon. Sep 16th, 2019

Catalonia launches its own digital identity system based on blockchain


The Government of Catalonia presented the project today IdentiCAT, a new model of idecentralized digital dentistry, based on DLT technology (Distributed ledger technology), on which solutions are implemented blockchain. With this technology are the citizens the owners, managers and exclusive custodians from his identity in any personal activity of digital relationship, either with the public or private sector.

The citizen, through a specific software on your mobile, or any other computing device you want, you can generate and manage your identity, with total legal validity and privacy. That means a paradigm shift with respect to the existing digital identity models so far, since the administration happens to have only one role of technology validator, and the citizenship happens to be the station and manager of his own identity.





The Government promotes the IdentiCAT project to 'digitally' empower citizens. EP

The Government promotes the IdentiCAT project to 'digitally' empower citizens. EP





It is not a Catalan ID

A new digital identity to “empower” the citizen

The president of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, and the Minister of Digital Policies, Jordi PuigneróThey have argued that the purpose of the project is to create a digital identity to “empower” the citizen.

The Minister has denied that it is a kind of Catalan ID, but a service that will guarantee “Maximum privacy” of the data, and the project is planned to be developed and implemented in 2020, with an initial budget of 550,000 euros.

Puigneró has also explained that this platform will allow that citizens self-manage their data -to which the Generalitat “will not have access” - and may have control over them and decide how and with whom to share them.

The distributed registration technologies they provide in their own architecture a security layer, immutability, resilience, inalterability that makes them suitable to apply them to the development of the autosoberana digital identity. Further, IdentiCAT can be used to access online services or manage electronic transactions in any member state of the EU.

The Generalitat will only provide the tools and a framework reliablelegal and resilient for citizens and public and private companies. Thus, in any digital relationship, the citizen may show any attribute required of your identity keeping at all times the Privacy about him rest of data contained in your identity. With this self-sovereign identity, for example, it will be possible show What are you adult without having to provide neither the date nor the place of birth.






It will be possible show What are you adult without having to provide neither the date nor the place of birth

The conseller
Puigneró has ensured that the start up of the project responds to one of the objectives and priority axes of action of departmentor how is it "train and digitally empower the citizenship so that it can be developed with full confidence and security in the digital society of the 21st century. ”

The project IdentiCAT is framed in the Blockchain strategy of Catalonia, approved by the Government on June 18, to boost its use within the Administration and society. The initiative starts this week with the tender
n of the technological base of the project.

Jordi Puigneró, Minister of Digital Policies and Public Administration

Jordi Puigneró, Minister of Digital Policies and Public Administration
(Llibert Teixidó)




This includes the creation of tool
s so that citizenship can generate the Identity, the integration with the current systems authentication e interoperability that the public administration uses, and the software development that allows the validation and authentication of the identity.





In a second stage, the project will involve the deployment and dissemination of IdentiCAT among citizens, Catalan public administrations and companies so that it becomes a standard of use in Catalonia.







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