If your wallet is bursting at the seams with all the ID cards you have to carry and you hate fumbling for one of them to access a service or get into a bar, this will interest you.
There’s a new smartphone app coming down the pike called eID-Me that will act as your official Ontario ID card.
Bluink, the company behind this app, won a contract with the Ontario government to develop a platform that stores electronic versions of driver’s licences, health cards and other government-issued ID on a user’s smartphone.
With eID-Me, no physical ID cards will be required, and you can add custom identity information to the app, such as credit card information, email addresses, and passwords.
The app will allow you to protect your privacy by revealing only the info required to prove your identity —like showing a cashier at the LCBO or a doorman at a bar your age and photo but not your birthdate or address.
It will also speed up your access to services such as medical care. All of your relevant OHIP information can be instantly downloaded to an electronic registration form during visits to hospitals and clinics, saving time and cutting down the potential for fraud or human error.
For those concerned about potential foul play with their personal data (and that’s a legit concern these days), the app’s architecture has features that should prevent this scenario.
The data on the smartphone is secured with strong AES encryption. According to the company’s website, “The security is based on public key cryptography that resists phishing, replay, man-in-the-middle, and man-in-the-browser attacks. Next-generation hardware security (HSM) modules ensure that the eID-Me registration and identity services cannot be attacked or penetrated (even by insiders). Every hardware security mechanism available on the smartphones is leveraged by eID-Me to ensure that identities cannot be stolen, copied, or forged. Decentralized architecture and removal of identity and password databases reduces the effectiveness of trending large-scale identity theft.”
The testing of the eID-Me system will begin this fall. If tests are successful and the Ontario government opts to adopt it, Saugans will be able to go completely wallet-free, since things like Apple Pay and online banking have already made wallets as money holders pretty obsolete.