A report published final week on revamping the Government of Canada’s digital infrastructure states that the subsequent step to creating companies extra handy is to introduce a federal “Digital Identity Program.”
Details of this system have been scarce within the publication titled Canada’s Digital Ambition 2022 which was signed off by President of the Treasury Board Mona Fortier and the Chief Information Officer of Canada, Catherine Luelo.
Citing the pandemic, the report outlines how a federal framework would even be built-in with provincial digital identities.
“The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for government services to be accessible and flexible in the digital age. The next step in making services more convenient to access is a federal Digital Identity Program, integrated with pre-existing provincial platforms,” the report defined.
“Digital identity is the electronic equivalent of a recognized proof-of-identity document (for example, a driver’s license or passport) and confirms that ‘you are who you say you are’ in a digital context.”
Steps at present underway to implement this system embody “developing a common and secure framework to digital identity” and “launching public consultations on a federally managed digital identity framework.”
When first appointed to the place by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Fortier’s mandate letter for the Treasury Board included a selected directive to work “towards a common and secure approach for a trusted digital identity platform to support seamless service delivery to Canadians across the country.”
As solely reported by True North in May, the Trudeau authorities revealed that it was working with airways to require “digital identity documents” and biometric data like facial recognition as boarding necessities.
Currently, the Liberals are going through calls from the opposition to ditch the ArriveCan utility citing airport backlogs and privacy issues.
Canada’s privacy commissioner Philippe Dufresne was prompted to launch an investigation into the app to see whether or not it violated any legal guidelines or improperly collected the non-public info of Canadians.
During a June House of Commons info and ethics committee, former privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien additionally advised MPs that there’s a potential for digital identity to be “harmful to privacy” if designed incorrectly.
“Digital ID, like all technologies, can be helpful and privacy protective or harmful to privacy depending on how it is designed. It is certainly conceivable that digital ID could enhance the verification process and the authentication process, allowing citizens to have access to services,” responded Therrien.
“It is certainly possible that digital ID would lead to the data being available to many players or actors, corporate or governmental, that should not have access to all of this data, but it doesn’t have to be designed that way.”
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