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MitID takes over as default option on Danish platforms

Danish residents accessing online platforms including tax, public services and health services will be asked to log in using the new MitID secure system from September 22nd.

MitID takes over as default option on Danish platforms
MitID will take over fully from the outgoing NemID by the end of October. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Key online public service platforms including skat.dk, borger.dk, or sundhed.dk will see the transition away from the outgoing system, NemID, take a new step starting September 22nd, according to a press release from the Agency for Digitisation. 

Currently, NemID remains the default option on the platforms.

Users will still be able to access these sites and others with NemID after September 22nd but MitID will now be the default setting. 

The switch represents a step in the transition from NemID to MitID allowing users a stress-free process of getting used to the new digital ID, the deputy director of the Agency for Digitisation, Adam Lebech, told news wire Ritzau.

“We are now changing the automatic log-in window so you meet MitID first. By doing this we are encouraging more people to get used to using MitID as we phase out NemID,” he said.

Over 4.5 million people in Denmark have so far installed MitID, according to the agency.

By October 31st, mobile and online banking will only be accessible through MitID. NemID will be fully decommissioned on June 30th, 2023. 

The new system has been introduced to improve security and future-proof the digital ID system, authorities say.

READ ALSO: How non-Danish passport holders can switch from NemID to MitID

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Danish stores and doctors call for digital ID to prevent underage alcohol sales

Stores and doctors in Denmark want politicians to look into the possibility of digital age checks for purchasing alcohol.

Danish stores and doctors call for digital ID to prevent underage alcohol sales

Instead of employees bearing responsibility for guessing a customer’s age based on their appearance and then deciding whether to ask ID, doctors and stores want a digital system to check the purchaser meets the age limit for buying alcohol.

A range of professional organisations and interest groups for doctors and businesses proposed digital IDs as a requirement to buy alcohol in a joint letter published by newspaper Berlingske.

When an alcoholic beverage – for example, a bottle of vodka – is scanned, checkout staff would automatically be alerted to an ID requirement, under the proposal.

If the customer uses their debit card (Dankort) to pay, a digital system would be able to check with the person’s bank whether they are over 18 years old, and reject the purchase of they are not.

The model would not completely prevent underage purchases because it could be circumvented by using cash or another person’s card.

READ ALSO: Denmark advises no alcohol consumption for under-18s

Nevertheless, the deputy chairperson of De Samvirkende Købmænd, the trade union for store owners, Claus Bøgelund Nielsen, argued the measure would make a worthwhile difference.

“Our belief and hope is that it would make a very big difference,” Nielsen told broadcaster TV2.

No other country has adopted a similar measure at the time of writing.

“This is a vision and a wish we have. There’s no country anywhere in the world that does this at the moment but we think it’s ideal to work in this direction,” Nielsen said.

“And if there’s a will all the way the table for this, we think it should be possible within the foreseeable future to achieve it,” he said.

A digital ID check would likely require a law change and thereby a parliamentary majority. Denmark is currently locked in negotiations to form a new government after elections on November 1st.

Banks, stores and payment service providers would need to work together to implement the measure.

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