Executive approves digital ID bill

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Peru's cabinet has approved a bill aiming to substitute the traditional national identification cards for electronic ones, the presidential website reported.

The bill will now be sent to congress for approval.

The government is planning to use chip technology that would allow it to offer services to citizens 24 hours a day.

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"If I have a procedure pending at the housing, foreign affairs or agriculture ministry, I can get home after work and, despite that those are non-business hours, log on to the system and make my application or requests," prime minister Rosario Fernández said.

The bill also includes the ability to implement electronic files for legal proceedings.

The bill was drawn up with support from the economy and justice ministries, the prime minister's office, the judiciary and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).