Taiwan is delaying its planned launch of a new digital ID system due to complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Taiwan News reports.

According to Biometric Update, the plan was for traditional ID cards to be phased out starting in October, but plans to bring in anti-counterfeit technology from abroad have been disrupted by COVID-19.

The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said equipment to produce the e-IDs needed to be imported. A batch of sample cards planned for this month, have also been delayed due to the pandemic.

A factory belonging to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will produce the cards.

Meanwhile, more than 100 individuals have signed a petition against the launch of the e-ID, calling for a designated task force and new regulations to deal with security risks related to the new digital ID.

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