eID-Me is now available for download on iOS and Android in British Columbia
Ottawa, ON (July 20, 2020) – Following successful launches in Ontario and Quebec, Bluink Ltd. announced today the launch of the eID-Me verified digital identity smartphone app in British Columbia. eID-Me now supports the (sticker-free) BC Services Card, BC Driver’s Licence, and combined BC Driver’s Licence and Services Card. Address stickers on ID cards can’t yet be verified by eID-Me. However, Bluink is working on a solution to accept these.
With adoption by organizations, eID-Me will let users share information (with users’ initiation and consent) to better access services that require verified identity. eID-Me implementation is currently underway with more integrations to come.
eID-Me isn’t currently a substitute for legal ID. However, eID-Me can be used as a secure, local backup of your ID information on your smartphone. Your ID information is not stored in the cloud, and Bluink never gets access.
“Bluink’s mission is to empower people and businesses by making secure access simple using strong identities,” says Steve Borza, CEO of Bluink. “To prove our commitment, our current vision is focused on enabling a self-sovereign digital identity for every Canadian. That’s how eID-Me came to life. As we are continuously developing partnerships on different levels for integration and adoption, we are also working hard to enable citizens to verify their ID and register for their eID-Me digital identity on their smartphones, all from the comfort of their own home, anywhere in Canada.”
Supporting British Columbia’s Identity Documents, Brings Total Supported Identity Documents Up to Nine
eID-Me now supports: Ontario Photo Card, Ontario’s Enhanced Driver’s Licence, Ontario Driver’s Licence, Canadian Passport, Ontario Health Card, Quebec Driver’s Licence, British Columbia Combined Driver’s Licence and Services Card (sticker-free), and more
The addition of British Columbia’s identity documents brings eID-Me’s total supported identity documents up to nine, which includes:
- Canadian Passport
- Ontario Driver’s Licence
- Ontario Health Card
- Ontario Photo Card
- Quebec Driver’s Licence
- Ontario’s Enhanced Driver’s Licence
- [NEW] British Columbia Services Card (sticker-free)
- [NEW] British Columbia Driver’s Licence (sticker-free)
- [NEW] British Columbia Combined Driver’s Licence and Services Card (sticker-free)
To register for eID-Me, you will need a valid Canadian Passport AND your province’s Driver’s Licence/Photo Card. Join our eID-Me Members Group to stay updated with our latest news. Be the first to know when we add new supported documents, features, or services. Gain access to premium resources, such as demo videos, presentation slide decks, and/or recordings.
Other Release Notes
In addition to newly supported identity documents, eID-Me’s newest updates include:
- Name order adjustment feature to fix name inconsistency between ID documents
- New Bluetooth implementation for in-person transactions
- Improved French localization
- Updated Settings UI (iOS)
- Various bug fixes and performance improvements
Future of Digital Identity in Canada
A ‘trusted digital identity’ has long been on the public and private sector’s agenda to help improve and boost the efficiency of services provided for our growing economy. The benefits to incorporating digital identity in our lives are evident with proper education and implementation. According to DIACC (Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada), businesses can engage and build trust with customers, reduce onboarding costs and data protection risks, and collect data in line with legal best practices. Individuals can safely and efficiently access online services, reduce worry of identity theft, and most importantly, control their own personal data.
Results from a 2019 DIACC survey show that over 70% of Canadians want to see governments and the private sector collaborate and implement a common digital identity. With Canadians spending one third of their time online, it is apparent that having a convenient, private, and secure digital identity is of value to our society.
Bluink is an Ottawa-based digital identity company that specializes in identity and access management and customer identity verification, using the smartphone as a strong authenticator and secure identity store. Bluink’s mission is to empower people and organizations by making secure access simple using strong digital identities. For more information, visit www.bluink.ca.
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