China Tests Use of WeChat Account as Official e-ID

It was reported that China is currently testing the feasibility of using WeChat accounts to generate a state-sanctioned electronic ID with limited functions.

WeChat or Weixin, is an instant messaging application owned by Tencent. Experts note that the Chinese government prefers to use WeChat since users can only register an account on the platform a mobile phone number, which in turn, can only be obtained by submitting an official ID to the telecom provider.

Telecom providers in China are all required by law to cooperate with investigations by law enforcement.

This is the second attempt of the Chinese government to tie existing online identities to a digital ID. A similar scheme was also rolled out in 2016 using Alipay accounts.

Source: Bleeping Computer

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