Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Latvia approves personal ID cards |

Latvia approves personal ID cards |

Latvia’s government has given the green light for introducing electronic identification cards for its citizenry, a decision that will ultimately help Latvia embrace the electronic age to a far greater extent.

The cards, or eIDs, “will not only secure citizens’ identification while traveling abroad or receiving government or municipal services, but also authenticity in the electronic environment,” the government said in a press release.

Latvia will be the last of the three Baltic countries to introduce the eID, which first appeared in Estonia several years ago.

The cards will fulfill requirements set out in European Union regulations, which means that they can be used for travel within the 27-member bloc.

They will contain a photograph, personal data, and the so-called electronic signature that allows for online voting and making purchases and formalizing contracts via the Internet.


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