French government teams up with IDEMIA for national identity card

The French government has picked augmented identity company IDEMIA to support its national eID card (CNie).

The service, which launched in August 2021, will enable French citizens to complete online transactions via their smartphone. Users will receive an authentication request on their smartphone and then place their CNie on the back of the phone, which will leverage near-field communication technology to authenticate the personal data on the card’s chip.

This digital ID system is to be issued with a first level security certificate from the French IT agency, ANSSI, and will comply with the EU’s eIDAS regulation.

France Identité Numérique program director Valérie Peneau said, “Our mission is to create and offer a user-friendly means of electronic identification that facilitates and protects the online transfer of citizen identity data, so that transactions cannot be centralized or traced.”

Speking on the partnership, IDEMIA senior vice president digital id Pierre Lelièvre said, “As a French company, we are extremely proud to work on the national digital ID program. The new CNIe with its highly-secure chip is a great example of combining a physical ID document with a digital ID to securely access online services.”

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