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Available Expert - Ford Government announces plans for the "digital wallet"

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Queen’s University expert David Skillicorn is available to comment on Provincial government’s plan to digitize  a number of government services. The plan, dubbed Ontario Onwards: Ontario's COVID-19 Action Plan for a People-Focused Government, includes 30 different projects aimed at improving the way people and businesses interact with government. One project proposed includes the development of a “digital wallet,” which could hold resident’s driver’s licences and birth certificates.

“Last time I saw the numbers, 25% of Canadians don't have a cell phone, so it's not as easy as it looks” says Skillicorn. “Countries such as Iceland and Estonia that are a long way down this road use a card with an embedded processor. It doesn't need to be kept charged, isn't constantly replaced, and doesn't have the vulnerabilities (e.g. sim card cloning) that phones have. South Korea has a phone-based identity system. But, as always, the devil is in the details.”

To arrange an interview, please contact media relations officers Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) or Julie Brown (343-363-2763 or Julie.brown@queensu.ca)

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