In a significant digital transformation move, Brazil is set to deploy blockchain technology for digital identity, ensuring enhanced security and efficiency for its citizens.
Brazil is taking a pioneering step in digital identity by leveraging blockchain technology to offer secure and efficient identification services to its vast population. The government’s recent announcement reveals that over 214 million Brazilians will soon have access to blockchain-based digital identity.
The rollout of this innovative initiative will commence in Rio de Janeiro, Goiás, and Paraná, with these states becoming the first to issue blockchain-based identification documents. The technology behind this project is a private blockchain developed by Serpro, Brazil’s renowned national data processing service. A government decree issued on September 25 outlines the plan for the entire nation to adopt blockchain technology for identity documents by November 6.
Alexandre Amorim, President of Serpro, emphasizes the significance of blockchain technology in this digital identity project. He states, “Blockchain technology plays a critical role in protecting personal data and preventing fraud, offering a more secure digital experience for Brazilian citizens. Utilizing the b-Cadastros blockchain platform significantly enhances the security and reliability of the National Identity Card project.”
The Brazilian government underscores the importance of the national ID project in combating organized crime, facilitating inter-agency collaboration, simplifying access to services, and optimizing administrative records. This development aligns with a similar initiative in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where residents can access identity documents via a digital wallet.
Brazil has been actively working towards the integration of identity issuance across its nearly 30 states. The introduction of blockchain technology promises a more secure exchange of data between the Federal Revenue and various government departments, reinforcing data integrity and privacy.