Catalonia’s government has recently made an announcement that it will be developing a decentralized platform that will have the main focus of giving the country’s citizens the control over personal data. This will go a long way in increase data protection for the citizen whenever they interact with online services.

As per a press release made on today, the IdentiCAT project has been launched as an integral part of the ministry of digital policy and public administration. It will “empower Catalan citizens so that they may carry out activities with full assurance and security in the digital society of the 21st century.

The project is set to be based on the DLT, distributed ledger technology. The Catalan government will be the projects validator on the network and will nb0ot be collecting any personal data as part of the deal.

The government has issued sentiments about the project that read in part, “The ‘IdentiCAT’ will be the first digital identity at European level, which will be driven by the public sphere and managed by citizens themselves with the aim of becoming standard use in Catalonia

The project is a great win for personal data as it will now enable Catalonians to use the applications on their devices and computers to create and manage their own identities that the government has said will come with “full legal effectiveness and privacy.

For instance, it is possible for a user to employ the ID from the system to verify that they are indeed of or above legal age without necessarily availing their date of birth or their place of birth.

Following 2014s EU’s elDAS rules that specify standards and regulations on electronic and trust services for such electronic transactions, the IdentiCAT was developed. The project therefore can be used by anyone in any member state of the European Union. The above was confirmed by the press statement that was released by Jordi Puigneró, the minister of Digital Policy and Public Administration.

The pilot phase will involve processes of getting the system on its feet and will include issuances of tenders for the development of the technological infrastructure for the project. These infrastructures include the tools for coming up with self-autonomous IDs, the underlying software that will serve to validate and verify identities and a means of integration within the project.

The project upon its completion, is scheduled to be available for Catalan citizens, enterprises and company afore mentioned, it should be noted that the project would be usable anywhere within the European Union.

Such developments are a better way to cater for the protection of personal data, a subject that is quite touchy. The employ of the distributed ledger technology is a good way to see data protection is maintained within Catalonia.

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