India would soon become the “Federated Digital Identities” model, which is intended to link multiple IDs to one One Digital ID. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has proposed the new model, which will act as an umbrella ID to access others such as Aadhaar card, PAN card, passport and more.
One digital ID makes accessing IDs easier
A report from The Indian Express suggests that the One Digital ID will act as a: one place to store and access all state and central identities. This single ID helps people to use multiple services and also simplifies the KYC process.
The framework would introduce a new digital architecture, which “are interconnected and interoperable.It is further suggested that this new system will empower the people of India and give them more control over their IDs, allowing them to choose the one that is best suited to a given situation.
The new federated digital identity is under the India Enterprise Architecture (IndEA) 2.0. IndEA was first introduced in 2017 to make government services digitally accessible to users.
MeitY’s proposal will be made public shortly and the ministry will request comment on it by February 27. It remains to be seen how this will take shape. In addition, the proposal also includes three new architectural patterns for different government agencies.
While the idea of having a single digital ID that can accommodate other key IDs to give internet users easy access sounds good, it also raises security and privacy concerns as cybercrime is on the rise. Since we are missing details about the proposed framework, we will have to wait for more information, especially on the privacy and security aspects of this system.
We will let you know what the Indian government plans to do. In the meantime, share your thoughts on the One digital ID system in the comments below!