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Shopping online is convenient. Whether food, plants, training pants or train tickets. The tax return can be done online, just like paying bills.

The federal government has been thinking about an electronic identity for a long time. Its history goes back 15 years and is marked by setbacks. Now the federal government is making a new attempt. A referendum was called against the law. That is why we will vote on it on March 7th.

Is the E-ID a job for the state - or do private individuals do it better?

The opponents of the E-ID advocate that the “digital passport should be issued by the state”, as stated on the referendum committee's homepage. Support comes from senior citizens' associations, the digital society, SP Switzerland, Green Liberals, Greens and the Pirate Party.

Proponents speak of a tried and tested Swiss model. The state acts as a guarantor, but allows “innovative applications by private companies”, can be read on the proponents' homepage. The law creates clear rules for providers, which are strictly checked and controlled by the federal government.

How does the E-ID work?

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Claudia Muster would like to apply for an E-ID. It does this with a provider recognized by the federal government. These can be private companies, cantons or municipalities. The provider is now forwarding Claudia Muster's application to the federal government. The Federal Office of Police (Fedpol) checks the identity and sends the data to the e-ID provider. The E-ID is voluntary, writes the federal government.

With the E-ID, a person can register with various online services and obtain services, for example requesting a statement from the debt collection office or opening a bank account.

Discussion in the «Forum» on Radio SRF 1

What do you think about electronic identity? Should the state work with private companies? Or should he issue the digital ID himself?

In the "Forum" program on Thursday evening at 8 p.m., the following were discussed:

  • Per: Judith Bellaïche, National Councilor of GLP Zurich. Managing Director of Swico, the Association for Information and Communication Technology and the Internet Industry.
  • Cons: Andreas von Gunten, Digital Society Association for Consumer Protection in the Digital Age, IT entrepreneur.

Radio SRF 1, program «Forum», February 11, 2021, 8 p.m.

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  • Comment from René Baron (René Baron)
    Usually you vote on a law and AFTER this, actions are implemented.
    It is different with the E-ID. Because the law lasted so long, the private sector under the leadership of the federal government has rushed ahead and developed a solution to establish a de facto standard for the opus operandi, which now has to be subsequently legitimized by the law.
    That is what makes the current discussion so difficult. She is new. But very few are aware of this setting.
    Agree agree to the comment
    1. answer from Rudolf Räber (one)
      In this case, it could be the other way around. Hasn't the federal government advanced here under the leadership of private individuals?
      What you are describing is buying a pig in a poke.
      Everyone knows one thing by now: personal data can be worth a lot of money and whoever draws people into his channel has many options.
      This is exactly where a large gray area arises, because we can only be sure that we only have it in hand when the federal government is the issuer of the ID.
      Agree agree to the comment
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  • Comment from August Meier (And007)
    The state cannot, the private sector turns our data into money, dictatorial states have specialized in surveillance and data theft and the Federal Council simply wants to play along without the necessary preparation, like a small child. Since the corona crisis, I've been wondering what I'm actually paying federal taxes for.
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    1. answer from René Baron (René Baron)
      @Meier: The state has given you a school education from which one could expect a more differentiated and substantive contribution.
      Just saying badly everything roughly does not get us any further. Be part of the solution. Have a say. Constructive!
      A start would be to look at the SwissSign business model, for example. They have something completely different from Facebook and Co. It's not about data, but about security that is paid for!
      Agree agree to the comment
    2. answer from René Baron (René Baron)
      @ Meier: With a YES it is forbidden to turn private data into money. If the answer is no, they can do whatever they want with the data. But I think that the Ch providers in little Switzerland will not do that because they have a completely different business model than Facebook and Co.
      I should already deal with what is, and not infer everything from Facebook that does anything with data.
      Agree agree to the comment
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  • Comment from andi capol (- :) (:-)
    @ René Baron: What drives you to leave 18 comments here (as of 02/11/21 7:40 am)? It's not the end of the world if you don't leave the cards to private individuals.
    Agree agree to the comment
    1. answer from René Baron (René Baron)
      The subject is complex. I would also prefer to be able to write the whole spectrum in a single post. Unfortunately, the number of characters per post is limited.
      My concern is the formation of opinions. I try to look at the story from as many angles as possible and tell it as it actually is: free from wild speculation, fear of the future, hearsay and other dubious contributions that usually do not access primary sources.
      Agree agree to the comment
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