The people have clearly thrown out the plans for e-IDs from companies. Now there should be a state-run infrastructure. The law should be in place in mid-2022.

The Federal Council wants to present the law on E-ID by the middle of next year.

That's what it's all about

  • The Federal Council has revised its plans for electronic ID.

  • After the failure at the ballot box, it relies on a state solution.

  • The focus should be on data protection.

In the spring, the Swiss population clearly rejected the E-ID law with 65 percent no-Simmen. Electronic proof of identity issued by private companies was a concern for many. Now, after consulting the cantons, the Federal Council is relying on a state-run infrastructure.

At its session on Friday, the Federal Council laid down the principles for the electronic identity card (E-ID), as it wrote in a message. So data protection should be in the foreground. The state E-ID is intended to give users the greatest possible control over their data.

Data protection should be guaranteed by the system itself, but also by low data flows and decentralized data storage. The Federal Council wants to examine various aspects such as the issue of ID cards. However, the draft of the new law on E-ID should be available in mid-2022.

Tickets and university diplomas

There are many possible uses for the E-ID. The Federal Council wants to gradually enable new functions, thereby making it what is known as the “E-ID ecosystem”. State and private bodies could use them to issue their digital evidence, for example for extracts from criminal records, driver's licenses, university diplomas or medical prescriptions. Pilot projects are planned for various ideas, for example electronic ID cards are being checked for federal employees.

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teresa@ntelegram.com 1-800-268-7341

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