According to a press release issued by the government of Catalonia on September 9, the government plans on developing a decentralized identity platform that will give their citizens greater control of their own data whenever they interact with online services.
The IdentiCAT project was officially announced on September 7 and was a joint announcement between the minister of Digital Policy and Public Administration Jordi Puignero and President Quim Torra.
What makes this a unique venture is that only the citizens would have access to the data. The government would not have access whatsoever, unless granted by the individual, according to the release.
Bidding has currently started on the development of the project, which is expected to be completed by the year 2020. It is expected that the price to develop the platform will be €550,000 ($607,000).
There will be many great benefits to the IdentiCAT system. It starts with the fact that individual citizens will be able to choose which information will be accessible to government officials, and for how long. It will also give them the ability to store a portion of it and allow them to determine whether that information can be shared with third parties, such as hospitals, utilities, etc.
In addition, the system will be available to Catalonians who are residing within the country and those who are abroad. President Torra explained, “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.”
This system will be the first of its kind in Europe. The press release explained that “The ‘IdentiCAT’ will be the first digital identity at European level,