Officials in the Nansha District of Guangzhou, China plan to allow citizens to use the WeChat social networking application as a form of official identification for access government and private sector services, Security Affairs reports.
The folks over at Security Affairs picked up on a report from Xinhua about a program launched by the Beijing government to use WeChat, the mobile messaging app, as a form of official identification.
A WeChat ID pilot program was launched in Guangzhou’s Nansha District that will allow citizens of the district to be able to identify themselves through the social network, Security Affairs reports, citing Xinhua. According to the report, over 30,000 people have applied for ID cards in the 24 hours following the launch of the project.
The WeChat ID could be used to authenticate citizens to online and offline government services, it will also give them access to many other online services such as hotel registration and ticketing. Banks and government departments in China have signaled support for the project, which was developed by WeChat’s parent company Tencent and the Ministry of Public Security. Facial recognition will be used to verify applicants prior to having a virtual ID cards issued.
You can read the full post, “WeChat is set to become China’s official electronic ID system” over at Security Affairs.