Preserving the State’s ‘root of trust’ for a secure digital identity
The French government agency ANTS has officially launched a new system (Service de garantie de l’identité numérique: SGIN) that enables French citizens to prove their identity using a smartphone app. This development is part of the national digital ID program that was introduced last year. IDEMIA is proud to deliver this solution along with other partners and to be a part of France’s evolving digital ID infrastructure.
The SGIN will be based on the biographic data held in the new eID cards and will only work with the new generation cards. To date, 4.5 million eID cards have been delivered since being introduced in 2021.
The new app serves as a smartphone extension of the national eID card. Under the new system, French citizens wishing to access online public or private services will be able to prove their identity remotely by simply placing their national eID card on the back of their smartphone and entering a PIN code to complete the authentication process. The app will securely read and authenticate personal data held in the biometric identity card’s chip while the cardholder’s biometrics remain safely stored in the eID at all times.
Designed to protect citizen identity data, this advanced authentication system will also allow cardholders to choose which data fields they wish to share with a third party.
IDEMIA’s long-standing expertise is helping bring about the substantial digital ID changes currently under way. Having successfully implemented over 135 online and offline identity programs across the world, IDEMIA meets the needs of governments for securer and more agile citizen databases, ID documents, and online authentication of citizen identities.