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Samsung wants to replace physical IDs with electronic mobile IDs

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Do you remember those times you had to provide physical documents and ID cards to authenticate your identity, so you could open a bank account or apply for a job? No doubt, they were tedious and inconvenient.

But those are a thing of the past for Samsung, as it has developed a way to carry and provide personal info using the Galaxy S20.

With Samsung’s solution, an electronic ID (eID) can be created in just three steps: registration, verification, and application. And voila, an eID on the phone.

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However, the users’ experience may vary depending on how their country’s government implements a national ID system. For the Philippines, a system is being readied this year.

A combination of end-to-end encryption, security hardware known as embedded Secure Element, and other measures ensures the eID on the phone remains secure from unauthorized tampering and data theft.  

A pilot implementation for Samsung’s electronic mobile ID system is being done in Germany. No word yet regarding the global release.

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