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The number of ID-card users has more than doubled in a year

The number of users of electronic functions of the ID-card, such as personal identification and issuing of digital signatures, has more than doubled over the course of the last year, having grown by more than 30,000 persons. More than 60,000 persons use the electronic functions of the card today, whereas more than 57,000 have issued digital signatures. More than 600 persons already use the Mobiil-ID service that was launched in the beginning of May.

“A year ago, when we launched the Infosecurity 2009 initiative, there were approximately 25,000 people in Estonia who used the electronic functions of their ID-cards. By today, this number has grown to over 60,000. There are many reasons for this increase. The number of utility possibilities has increased: for example, already one fourth of all new companies are established by means of the ID-card and electronic voting proved to be unexpectedly popular in March. By the initiative of service providers, especially banks, and due to an increase of general security awareness, people increasingly recognise the convenience and safeness of the ID-card as an electronic means of communication. Besides, ID-card readers that are up to three times cheaper than before have reached the markets of Estonia under the Infosecurity 2009 initiative this year," said Andres Käärik, the chairman of the supervisory board of the Look@World foundation.

“Also the software needed for using the ID-card has developed during the year. It has become significantly user friendlier. Any interested person can download instructions for use of the ID-cad and the Mobiil-ID service in Estonian and Russian,” Käärik added.

“It is likely that the number of users of the ID-card and the Mobiil-ID service will reach 100,000 before the end of the year,” Käärik estimated.

More than 1 million ID cards have been issued in Estonia, therefore almost all adult citizens and all people residing here on a residence permit have it. The ID-card constitutes a safe way of using various electronic services, for example internet banking systems, the e-Kool service, electronic service points, etc. The ID-card can also be used for a digital signature that is legally equivalent to a handwritten signature.

The Infosecurity 2006 was launched on 23 May 2006 by the main financers of the Look@World foundation (Hansapank, SEB Eesti Ühispank, EMT and Elion) and the Republic of Estonia as an initiative for increasing the security of computer usage. The parties finance the Infosecurity 2009 initiative with the amount of 60 million Estonian kroons over the course of three years. The aim of the Infosecurity 2009 is to reach 400,000 ID-card and Mobiil-ID users by 2009.

Last Thursday, on 17 May, the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications awarded the Infosecurity 2009 initiative with the “Achievement of the year 2006” title. The Mobiil-ID service was given the “Idea of the year 2006” title.


Andres Käärik
Chairman of the supervisory board of the Look@World foundation
Tel: 650 1700

Andres Aarma
Marketing manager of the Certification Centre
Tel: 610 1880

Topic: PKI

Added 25.05.2007

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