Catalonia has recently announced IdentiCAT, a decentralized identity system, which the government has no control over.
VilaWeb (a local media outlet) reported on Sept. 7 that President Quim Torra together with Jordi Puigneró — Digital Policies and Administration Minister — made it clear that the government will not access any of the citizen’s data.
Protection of citizen’s privacy
The system development bidding process will commence in a short time at a price of €550,000 (nearly $607,000), continuing up to 2020.
With IdentiCAT, citizens will be able to determine the kind of data they want to share with the government. They can go further to request the government to store part of the data and even share whatever they wish with third parties.
Reportedly, both the two Catalonia residents and the Catalonians in the diaspora will be able to access and use it.
In that perspective, Torra made the following comments:
“Now it’s time to lead the digital revolution. We speak of an entrepreneurial society that is attentive to social novelties and innovations. The aim of this government is to put people at the center of their policies, also the digital ones.”
According to him, Catalonia seems to embrace digital citizenship concept and blockchain technology strongly. Due to that fact, it wants to be the first country that will implement a decentralized digital identity. Meanwhile, by the end of 2019, Sierra Leone intends to have fully adopted a blockchain-enabled national identity system.
Puigneró also discussed what he foresaw about the project:
“Some will want to question the project because they may be scared to empower people, let’s be a country moving forward. Because they know that when we empower people we are an unstoppable country. […] The republic we want is one that empowers citizens, not that it controls them, represses them or treats them as digital merchandise.”
He continued to explain that no one will use the system to identify citizens but instead, it will only be privately used to access digital services, empower the citizens and develop the economy.