Romanians will have a new way of identification through digital recognition
It will be established by mid-2023 digital identity and a new way to identify Romanian citizens through digital recognition, Romanian Minister of Research, Innovation and Digital Transformation Sebastian Burduža said at the 15th meeting of the Working Group on Information technologies of EUROSAI on Tuesday, Agerpress agency reported specially for BTA.
“There is a need for a digital identity for every citizen in order to offer digital public services. Because otherwise the state cannot guarantee that I am really the person who wants a certain service. So by the middle of next year we will have a digital identity and a new way to identify citizens through digital recognition”said Burduja.
He stated that the technology that will be used is state-of-the-art and that there are other countries that have gone through every step of the process, but Romania will go straight to facial recognition technology.
Moreover, by the end of 2023. Romaniansthey will be able to register their cars in electronic format and thus they will not have to go to different offices, which will save them time, the minister said.
The second major project is the government cloud – a large-scale investment worth approximately 600 million euros, which will be implemented within the framework of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRSP). Burduja said that most of the central administration will be transferred to the cloud – “a safe place for citizens’ data”.
One of the features included in the adopted legislative framework that governs the cloud consists in mentioning in the law the fact that when the state has access to citizens’ data, the affected citizens will be notified in real time. They will understand who, when and for what reason has access to their data, as well as the legal basis for this access.
Burduza added that the law on interoperability changes the paradigm and tells government bodies that “they are not the owners of the data, but the citizens” and they must transfer this data to other government bodies.
The third major component is the National Digital Skills Coalition. Burduja stated that in Romania 80% of households have access to the Internet, 13 million Romanians use the internet every day, but 10 million lack basic digital skills. He explained that 10 million may use the Internet for entertainment or other purposes, but it is not a “productivity tool.”
He also stated that European funds worth 100 million euros will be used to create a national center for artificial intelligence, which will bring together Romanian artificial intelligence (AI) specialists from the country and abroad for advanced research in the field of AI, whose results will be transferred to technologiesthem.