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My Experience Registering And Using eID


Earlier this week, Ottawa-based Bluink has launched its mobile ID app in Ontario called eID. This app allows you to upload the following pieces of ID to your phone:

On top of that, the app allows you to add the following:

Basically it’s billed as a secure one stop shop for all your personal info. I was intrigued by this so when it became available, I tested it out. You’ll need the following to set up your eID as they call it:

On top of that, as part of the registration process, you must be in your primary residence as the app uses location services to verify your location. The setup process goes like this:

Now one thing to note is that you only get 5 tries to do this. According to the FAQ it is done to stop a fraudster from doing a brute force attack to get info onto the server. Speaking of the FAQ, they need to update it as it references 3 tries. But I only needed the three tries to get my info uploaded and verified. The net results are digital representations of your ID and a QR code that can be used by (presumably) government agencies and others to access your info. That’s kind of cool.

But there’s a catch.

This digital ID card can’t replace a physical card in law enforcement situations. That’s stated in the FAQ that I linked to above. The company does mention that various government bodies are working on digitizing ID card laws.  So someday in the future, this app might be much more useful than it is right now. Also, I will point out that eID doesn’t seem to be “fully baked” as transferring your eID from one phone to another isn’t possible right now. But that functionality is apparently coming soon.

You can download the app on iOS and Android for free. If you live in the province of Ontario, I’d have a look at it as this (hopefully) is going to be the future.

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