Editorial

Catalonia goes for a decentralised Digital ID solution

Spanish region aims to offer a Digital Identity where citizens “own, manage and are the sole custodians of their identity and data”

Posted 10 September 2019 by

Spain’s Catalan region has announced an ambitious plan to offer a ‘decentralised’ Digital Identity solution to citizens.

The scheme – ‘IdentiCAT’ – is scheduled to go live next year, and will make this part of the world, in the words of its President, Quim Torra, “The first country [sic] with a decentralised Digital Identity where citizens own, manage and are the sole custodians of their identity and data.”

IdentiCAT will not be offered as a digital ID card, but as an app that will instead work as “a digital service instrument”, empowering citizens and guaranteeing the highest level of identity protection in accordance with data protection law.

It may also be powered and secured by Blockchain, say local press reports, which add that Catalans who wish to use IdentiCAT will be able to use it alongside or instead of already established methods.

Budget for the project is believed to be in the region of €550,000.