One year after its launch, around one-third of all Liechtenstein citizens have an active eID. The framework is currently being used to distribute COVID-free certificates, and further expansion of services is already in progress.

Liechtenstein’s eID.li celebrates its first anniversary. Since the launch, the Principality’s digital identity has turned out a success story. Today, more than one-third of Liechtenstein’s citizens, more than 12,000 people, have already activated their eID.li, making the Principality of Liechtenstein a digital pioneer.

Citizens use the free app for iOS and Android to register. After successful registration, users of “eID.li” have been able to conveniently and securely use the services of the Liechtenstein authorities with their smartphone or via computer since the end of April 2020.

“With eID.li, we made an electronic identity a reality for the citizens of a European partner country for the second time last year,” emphasizes Lukas Praml, Managing Director of the Austrian State Printing Office (OeSD).  “After just over a year, we can look back on a very positive interim status. Around one-third of all Liechtenstein citizens have activated their personal eID.li and are using the services of the authorities digitally,” says Praml.

Flexible thanks to the MIA platform

From a technological point of view, the “eID.li” is based on the “MIA” platform (“My Identity App”), an independent development by youniqx Identity AG, a digital subsidiary of the Austrian State Printing Office. Based on “MIA,” the Liechtenstein “eID.li” could be adapted to individual customer requirements and efficiently implemented with only a few months of development time. MIA also covers other use cases, such as digital ID cards or electronic health certificates. Currently, work is already underway to expand eID.li to offer citizens additional functions.

The most prominent use case of the eID is currently the international green passport. The gradual roll-out of the green passport has already begun and will be available to all eID.li users by the July 1 launch date set by the EU. That means Liechtenstein citizens can get the COVID-free certificate onto their smartphone and easily show it to border guards when traveling internationally. “Our internationally leading know-how in the field of secure digital identities guarantees that we can implement all requirements quickly and securely,” Praml emphasizes.

Liechtenstein an eID pioneer

The contract for the Liechtenstein eID was awarded to European Trust Service GmbH, a joint venture of Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH and CRYPTAS International GmbH. eID.li” was developed by the in-house OeSD digital subsidiary youniqx Identity AG, which has established itself as an international pioneer for secure eID solutions and implemented the digital driver’s license in the Republic of Kosovo based on MIA. The CRYPTAS team is responsible for the development of the Principality’s central eID integration platform.

Privacy concerns were one of the major roadblocks of the project at first. In neighboring Switzerland, that was the major reason why an eID was rejected in a public vote. Although in Switzerland, the major issue was not even the eID itself, but more the heavy involvement of private corporations that have led to the rejection. To ensure a high level of security for all sensitive personal data, the creators of Liechtenstein’s eID worked closely with Nok Nok Labs, a market leader in secure authentication.

Image: © Shutterstock