Denmark’s NemID secure login system to be superseded

NemID, the digital ID system currently used in Denmark to log in to services including online banking, secure email and personal tax, is to be replaced.

Denmark’s NemID secure login system to be superseded
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Payment services provider Nets, which operates the Dankort debit card system and also designed NemID, will develop the new login function, named MitID, which will be launched in 2021, the Agency for Digitisation confirmed in a press statement.

The new form of digital ID will not use a physical card displaying unique login codes, a form current users will recognise from NemID. There will other physical versions of the new secure login, however.

Entirely paperless methods of logging in will also be used, including an app. An app form of NemID is also available today.

The new system is designed to be more flexible and secure against future technological threats, the digitisation agency, which is part of Denmark’s Ministry of Finance, said.

“With MitID, we will be ensuring that the national digital infrastructure will be a sound fundament for digital Denmark going forward,” Agency for Digitisation director Rikke Hougaard Zeberg said in a comment provided to Ritzau.

“We will also continue to ensure that users have only one secure, digital ID, which they can feel safe using. This is an important link between authorities, businesses and the public,” Zeberg added.

NemID will be replaced by MitID over a nine-month transitional period and the new system will be fully phased in by 2022.

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Denmark is world champion in digital readiness: study

A new competitiveness study has found that Denmark is the global leader when it comes to digital future readiness.

Denmark is world champion in digital readiness: study
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Overall, however, Denmark ranks fourth, due in part to a shortage of talent. 

The Confederation of Danish Industry (Dansk Industri, DI) says this is cause for concern, writes

The study, from the IMD World Competitiveness Center, puts Denmark at number one when it comes to being digitally ready for the future.

Overall, Denmark comes in fourth, moving up one spot from last year. The overall winner is the United States, followed by Singapore and Sweden.

“This is fantastic news. I have to admit, I’d rather be named world champion in future readiness than football, because this means that we’re well equipped to succeed in the global competition for growth and jobs,” DI director Lars Frelle-Petersen said, perhaps rather controversially given the World Cup fever currently gripping the country.

“We need to be better at telling the rest of the world that we’re part of the global elite so we can ensure that the best heads and most innovative businesses are increasingly drawn to Denmark,” he added.

Despite Denmark’s impressive ranking, the study also sets off several alarm bells, according to Frelle-Petersen.

Denmark is only 44th in the world when it comes to graduates in science, and only 18th when it comes to attracting foreign specialists.

“It’s worrying that we are not good enough at educating or attracting the talent of the future. This will make it hard to be world champions four or eight years down the line,” Frelle-Petersen said.

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The study also shows that Denmark ranks only 46th in the world when it comes to listing IT companies.

“Although a single study doesn’t necessarily represent the whole truth, there is no doubt that the challenges are real enough. It’s very rare that Danish businesses grow large enough to be listed. It will require a stronger digital mindset and more digital talents if we are to reverse that trend, and here we hope that (state initiatives) will help point to some solutions. We can’t afford not to take action,” Frelle-Petersen said.