The government of Catalonia announced it will develop a blockchain-based identity platform in an effort to give citizens control of their digital data.

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The IdentiCAT project was announced by the minister of Digital Policy and Public Administration Jordi Puigneró to “qualify and digitally empower Catalan citizens so they may carry out activities with full assurance and security in the digital society of the 21st century.”

The new platform will utilize blockchain technology, with the government acting as the validator for the network.

Because the platform utilizes blockchain, the government will have no way to collect users’ personal data.

“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 government stated in an official press release.

This blockchain system will allow citizens to use mobile apps to “create and manage their own identities, with full legal effectiveness and privacy.”

Now citizens can use the blockchain system to verify legal age without anyone knowing the date or place of birth.

IdentiCAT will follow the 2014 EU’s elDAS rules on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions.

This will allow users to access services and finalize electronic transactions anywhere in the EU.

No release date was given; however, the project is confirmed to be underway.

Once development is complete, IdentiCAT will be deployed and distributed for use by Catalan citizens, public organizations and companies.

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