After a private initiative to establish a digital identity was shot down by voters in 2021, Switzerland is opting for a new state-run digital identity which could be launched as early as 2026.
The news of the new self-sovereign digital ID was announced on Wednesday after the Swiss Federal Council adopted a new law governing the scheme, the Federal Act on Electronic Identity Credentials and Other Electronic Credentials (BGEID), also known as the E-ID Act.
The E-ID Act comes two-and-a-half years after Swiss residents voted against a law governing a proposed electronic identity system that would be controlled by the state but provided mainly by private companies. The law was rejected mainly out of fears that private businesses could misuse personal information.
Announcing the new digital ID scheme, Justice Minister Elisabeth Baume-Schneider told local media on Wednesday that the “the solution is 100 percent state-run,” news outlet SwissInfo reports. “We will do everything we can to protect the e-ID,” she says.