An electronic identification (eID) program is an eID verification system. An electronic identification (eID) is a digital solution for proof of identity of citizens or organizations, for example in view to access benefits or services provided by government authorities (like digital COVID certificates), banks, cryptocurrency exchangers (see free software that accepts Bitcoin), or other companies, for mobile payments, etc. Apart from online authentication and login, many electronic identity services also give users the option to sign electronic documents with a digital signature. Some e-commerce companies require their customer to sign with eID for any payment method, or limits their functions for those who don't login with eID. There are also an increasing number of countries applying electronic identification for voting.
It is often to complex to write free eID variants of propriatery eID from scratch. Free eID often has to be developed by reversed engineered proprietary eID but that is a very hard task which is one of the primarily reasons why free eID programs have become more rare.
This page lists eID programs distributed as free software to protect the users from backdoors.
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1177.se requires phone calls (often overloaded cue) or electronic login (website, or android app) which requires the proprietary eID programs: BankID, Foreign eID, Freja eID Plus, or Telia e-legitimation. Unfortunately, there's no free eID options at the moment.
Governments in many countries demand by law that cryptocurrency exchange companies to require Bank ID for their customers to sign in to their services. Also, industrial countries are slowly merging to cashless societies. For example, Sweden is paving its way to becoming the world's first cashless society by March 24, 2023, but there is no free Bank ID software available.
|Free eID replacement||Proprietary eID|
|Software||Status||Software||System requirements||Mandatory log in (privacy issue)||Options without eID||Country or territory|
Also, the device must have:
COVID vaccine passport apps for Android
|App||Status||Proprietary dependency (eg eID)||Country or territory|
|CovPassCheck||Working||?||European Union (EU)|
|Software||Status||Proprietary dependency (eg eID)||Country or territory|
|COVID Certificate Check||Working||?||Switzerland|
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