Russia’s Government is considering the possibility of developing a specialized mobile app which could store the citizens’ digital passports and driver’s licenses.
The plans to introduce digital passports were revealed by the Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Aksakov. According to his words, the government is discussing the idea of creating an app that would allow citizens to provide documents needed for legally significant actions.
The Deputy PM noted that the possibilities for development of digital passports, as a new type of identity documents, are now being considered by Russian authorities.
“We’re now discussing whether the physical solution of any sort is needed or not in this case. Mobility and connectedness are changing the world so rapidly that, I think, we will need several form factors – at the very least, a mobile app containing secure, reliable but nonetheless modern forms of identification,” – he explained.
According to preliminary reports, digital passports will be issued by the state-run system Mir, which is already issuing foreign passports with in-built microchips.
“We will definitely arrive at a new form factor in the sphere of basic personal identifying documents. Our intention is to develop the project design of a new state information system Mir, which will serve this new type of passport,” – Akimov said.
It is known that the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media (Mincomsvyazi), the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MIA), the Ministry of Economic Development and other state agencies were involved in a detailed discussion about the implementation of a new passport in the form of a plastic card with an electronic chip and its holder’s photo. It was expected that such microchips would scan passport owners’ fingerprints for biometric identification, while featuring electronic signature system as well.
Details of the project are still under discussion, whereas the issuance of new passports will be foreseeable within 9-12 months after the final parameters of a new document are determined.
This summer, Telegram started testing Telegram Passport, which is basically an encrypted repository for users’ personal data of all sorts: from civil and foreign passports and driver’s licenses to utility bills and bank statements.