German government adds NFC ID card reading for iPhone to digital ID app • NFCW
The German government is using the NFC contactless chip reading capabilities now available on Apple iPhones in a new iOS app that allows citizens to securely identify themselves to various online service providers by reading their card. national identity without contact with their smartphone.
The launch of AusweisApp2 for iOS follows the rollout of iOS 13, which includes read and write support for a wide range of contactless card formats.
The service has been available to NFC Android phone users since 2017 and also works with non-national contactless electronic residence permits.
In addition to allowing consumers to securely identify themselves with an online service provider, the app allows consumers to reduce the risk of sharing sensitive information with a fraudulent service provider by also allowing the user to validate the identity of any online service provider with which they interact.
Service providers wishing to use the service to streamline their identity verification process must first obtain authorization from Germany Federal Office of Administration.
Whenever a citizen then uses AusweisApp2 to verify himself online, he uses the NFC functionality of his mobile phone to read his contactless identity card, then enters his PIN code into the app, to verify that he wishes share their data.
Before any data transmission, the authorization of the service provider is verified and the user also receives the details of any data that the service provider has requested.
“Only a person in possession of your identity card and knowing your PIN code is able to allow the transmission of information” Governikus, who developed AusweisApp2 for the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Explain.
“Your personal data is thus protected against abuse on the internet.