Starting in March, Italian municipal administrations will start testing a new eID smartcard. Cities, towns and villages across the country will take part in the test, which continues until the end of 2018. The new smartcard follows the latest Italian and European eID standards and is expected to be safer, and minimise the risk of counterfeiting.
The testing phase was announced by the Agenzia per l'Italia Digitale (AGID) - Italy’s Agency for the Digitalisation of the Public Sector.
The new smartcard will contain users’ fingerprints, social security number and birth certificate details. Tampering and counterfeiting is prevented by security precautions such as holograms and microscopic inscriptions.
New use-cases for the eID smart card include being able to store users’ consent for organ donation. The card can also store a phone number, email address and PEC, a certificate used for Italy’s government-supported email signature solution.
Security of the new eID smartcard will be on a par with that of Italy’s electronic passport and electronic residence permit, AGID writes. The card is being developed for the Interior Ministry, with the help of AGID and the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (Italy’s State Mint and Polygraphic Institute).
The new eID card was officially announced on 4 January.