The federal government is working on making the new identity card with electronic proof of identity more attractive. Because the additional function has so far met with little approval from the citizens. Meanwhile, large private companies are offering a serious competition system for identification on the Internet.
Hardly known: eID
The electronic proof of identity (eID) has not yet gained acceptance. Experts assume that this is less due to the performance of the system than to the complex certification process - but perhaps also to poor communication. Many citizens do not know eID at all. In addition, identification with the identity card is only possible with a card reader that has to be paid for by the user himself. To make eID more interesting, the federal government presented innovations at CeBIT. With the "AusweisApp2" software, digital administrative procedures should also be made easier with mobile devices. The app for smartphones and tablets (soon also for the iPhone) does not require any additional hardware.
German companies press ahead
An alliance of large German companies is working on a completely different master key for the network. The companies Allianz, Deutsche Bank, Axel Springer, Postbank and Daimler are planning a new technology with which people can identify themselves better, more easily and more securely on Internet pages. The system should make it possible for users to use all services of the connected companies in the network at the same time - the identification process is uniform. For many, the master key represents serious competition for the eID in connection with the identity card. This is because it is also intended for online trading or communication with insurance companies.
New law to strengthen eID
The federal government is now planning a new law to make the new identity card more attractive. It is planned that the new identity card will have an active eID function from the outset. The regulation is also intended to reduce bureaucratic hurdles and thus simplify the certification process. In a second attempt, the identity card is to become a widely used authentication tool.