These days, every Belgian has a laundry list of passwords, user names, tokens and card readers to be able to operate on the Internet. Not very user-friendly and certainly not suitable for the mobile and digital mobile world we live in. If they had just one mobile identity, users would find it easier to access a whole range of online applications much more easily, such as e-commerce, banking and government services.
The four leading banks and three mobile network operators in Belgium have joined forces to form the Belgian Mobile ID consortium to develop just such a digital identity. The result of their combined efforts is the itsme® app, which goes live from 30th May.
The banks involved are Belfius, BNP Paribas Fortis, KBC/CBC and ING, while the mobile network operators are Orange, Proximus and Telenet. The federal government is also involved, making itsme® the first mobile identity app of its kind: extremely secure, easy to use and complies with digital privacy requirements.
There are many possible applications for itsme®: for example, you can easily become a new customer at a retailer, order meal vouchers, request documents from your local council, check your pension entitlements on MyPension, sign payment transactions on your home banking, secure your home or turn on the heating remotely (Internet of Things) to be delivered, and so on.
Phase two of itsme® takes the app a step further. From the beginning of 2018, itsme® will offer users the ability to sign official documents via a mobile telephone, with the same binding value as a signature on paper. Once again, there are multiple applications: managing electricity or Internet contracts; viewing a medical file; lodging your tax return via Tax-on-web; signing a temporary employment contract and even a notarial deed.
From 30th May 2017, you can download the itsme® app from the Apple & Google Playstores and then activate it via the four big banks. Within a few weeks, you will also be able to do this using your own e-ID and card-reader. Over the coming months, all SIM cards on the Belgian market will be made compatible with itsme®.
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