The Ministry of Interior (MoI) Tuesday launched the Qatar Digital ID Card application service on the sidelines of Milipol Qatar. This comes as part of the MoI’s constant efforts to provide the latest and distinguished services to citizens and residents, effectively contribute to the national digital transformation among all ministries and authorities in Qatar, and achieve the objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030 and the strategic plans of the Ministry of Interior.
Major Ali Ahmed al-Binali, head of the Electronic Services and Internet Department in the General Directorate of Information Systems at the MoI, told 'Gulf Times' that the Digital ID Card provides the highest degree of trust in obtaining the digital identity of users through a secure and easy-to-use application that contributes to reducing identity theft crimes in cyberspace.
“The facial recognition of users stored with the MoI has been introduced as a key factor in digital ID formation. This is to authenticate the validity and authenticity of the identity of the persons eligible for the service and provide the protection and security of electronic transactions over the Internet to establish the concept of secure cyberspace,” he said, adding that it averts manipulation and ensures transparency.
The identity of users is created and linked to a unique electronic signature of individuals, which includes national digital certificates that can be used through the application to approve electronic procedures and transactions to align with the laws and legislation in force in Qatar and protect these transactions from forgery and fraud. It also provides a practical and reliable way to prove the identity of the signer on the transactions in order to avoid cases of denial of the signature and raise the level of trust in electronic transactions both in Qatar and at the global level.
Electronic seals are also introduced, which will enable the MoI in the first stage and then all other ministries and various bodies, to electronically seal certificates and documents issued by them to protect them from tampering and forgery. The application will also provide users with an easy way to access the electronic services website of the Ministry of Interior, as an alternative to using the current method of the card reader for the plastic smart card.
The application contains the digital wallet, which provides storage and access to services for the ID card and electronically signed and sealed transactions for individuals at the Ministry of Interior. The digital wallet includes cards issued by the MoI, including a digital copy of the plastic Qatari ID card, driver's licence and vehicle registration.
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