New App to Replace Paper ID in Hungary for Smartphone Users

  • 15 Nov 2023 7:07 AM
  • Hungary Around the Clock
New App to Replace Paper ID in Hungary for Smartphone Users
A new bill on digital citizenship will enable Hungarians to consolidate various forms of ID on smartphones, Cabinet Office leader Antal Rogán told Parliament’s economic committee on Tuesday before the proposal was submitted to Parliament later in the day.

A related amendment to the Basic Law will be submitted to Parliament next week.

Observing that smartphones are one of the important tools of digitalisation in the 21st century, Rogán said an app has been created which enables everybody to verify their identity with such devices.

He said a user-friendly service will be launched which makes administration easier, more efficient and quicker.

By the time the app – dubbed DÁP – is fully operative in 2026, it will no longer be necessary for citizens to carry personal ID.

Banks, insurance firms and telecoms companies will be ordered to make it possible for clients to take care of business matters via the app.

Rogán said similar services will be available throughout Europe within a few years, so everything from "fishing licenses to weapons permits" will be handled electronically across the continent.

He also said digital administration will lead to lower costs and greater efficiency.

In the first phase, it will be possible to manage car registration and birth-related administration via the app next year.

Rogán, who runs various state intelligence services, said the new app will only make data on citizens available to the state that the government already has access to.

Replying to the suggestion by Dialogue MP Bence Tordai that the government is creating a surveillance state, Rogán said the app was modelled on Danish and Singaporean examples, not Chinese ones.

In any case, he added, those who do not want to use it need not download the app.

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