The Catalonia government recently announced that it would develop a decentralized identity platform to give citizens control of their own data when interacting with online services.
According to a press release on Monday, the IdentiCAT project was announced by Jordi Puigneró, Minister of Digital and Administrative Policy.
This project is part of the ministry’s main goals, to qualify and digitally empower Catalan citizens. As a result, they may carry out activities with full assurance and security in the digital society of the 21st century.
The region is also part of the autonomous region of Spain’s blockchain policy announced in June to increase the use of technology in public and social institutions.
Named IdentiCAT, the platform will be based on distributed ledger technology (DLT) and the Catalan government acts as a validator for the network.
The government will not collect users’ personal data as part of the program. The government says:
“The IdentiCAT’ will be the first digital identity at the European level, controlled by the public sector and managed by citizens themselves with the aim of becoming a standard user in Catalonia.”
The government says Cameron’s autonomous government system will use mobile or computer applications to allow citizens to create and manage their own identities, with full effect. legal force and privacy.
For example, users can use the ID system to verify they are of legal age without having to give information about a date or place of birth.
Additionally, IdentiCAT users will be able to access online services and conduct electronic transactions in any EU member state, the press release said.
The first stage in getting the system up and running will involve the tender of development of the underlying technology, including tools for generating self-sovereign IDs, software that will validate and authenticate the IDs, and a way to technically integrate IdentiCAT with authentication systems currently used by the authorities within the Catalan Open Government Consortium.
Once development is complete, IdentiCAT will be deployed and distributed for use by Catalan citizens, public organizations and companies.
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