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Canada Quebec wants to give each citizen a digital profile to fight identity theft

08:44  12 december  2019
08:44  12 december  2019 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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QUEBEC — The Quebec government wants to create a digital identity by 2021 for every citizen to use in accessing public services.

Éric Caire, the minister for government digital transformation, confirmed Wednesday that Quebec has issued a public notice to test the waters to see if a private company is interested in taking on such a project.

The idea is to create the identity that would be used for log-ins to government services and create digital identification cards on smart phones to replace plastic medicare cards and driver’s licences.

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“I think everyone would agree that the use of the social insurance number (as an identification for services) is an out-of-date system,” Caire said, arriving for a meeting of the Quebec cabinet.

“We have to find other methods, more current and safer, to create a real identity.”

Caire said Quebec has been working on the idea for a while but the recent data thefts at Mouvement Desjardins and Capital One, which revealed serious security flaws in protecting personal private information, are a further impetus to get moving on a plan.

On Tuesday it was revealed the breach at Desjardins now extends to an additional 1.8 million MasterCard and Visa credit cards.

“I think today we need to be very, very aware of the value of data,” Caire said. “When I say data is the petroleum of the 21st century it is exactly that. It is coveted. (Attacks on data are) a threat, it is a huge threat and we must address it in future cyber-security policies.

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“The threat is as much outside as inside (organizations). We put a lot of efforts in warding off outside threats but maybe we under-estimated the internal threat (by unscrupulous workers). Look at recent events: The security breach emerged from the inside.

“We are very aware of this and will focus on this more.”

Quebec has been down this path before trying to launch the Accès UniQC project in 2017.  The project was scrapped by the Legault government on arriving in office after reports of skyrocketing costs emerged and internal problems with the developers.

The project has been handed over to the Centre Québécois d’excellence numérique (CQEN), recently created by Caire.

Now the government is seeking a new way forward with the focus on creating a zone of confidence with citizens that their data will be protected, Caire said.

Biometric identification — using photo, voice or image of a fingerprint — is being looked at but there are other even safer systems, he said.

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He added that, ideally, a person should be able to display a certain level of information — such as their driver’s licence — on a smart phone and be able to mask other data when not required.

“It won’t replace your driver’s licence but it will be another way to show it,” Caire said.

Caire said he’s hoping to have a working plan to present the Quebec cabinet early in the new year and possibly launch the new identification system by the end of 2021.

His remarks come the same day as a new poll reveals seven in 10 Canadians (73 per cent) have no idea who actually holds their data.

Conducted for IBM Canada , the poll found only 19 per cent of Canadians fully trust businesses to keep their personal information secure and not share it without their permission.

Thirty-eight per cent of Canadians say they or someone they know has been cyber-attacked. Fifty-two per cent say they are so concerned about their privacy they are more hesitant to shop online this holiday season.

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