28 Dec '17, 7am

[Mothership] WeChat will be China’s official electronic ID from Jan 2018 https://t.co/MMs5sKgJX5

Wallets could become a thing of the past in China. Starting next year, the Chinese will no longer have to worry about leaving their identity cards at home, as long as they’re registered on WeChat. A pilot WeChat ID programme that creates a virtual ID card, which serves the same purpose as the traditional state-issued ID cards, was launched in Guangzhou’s Nansha District on Dec. 25. According to South China Morning Post , the programme was co-developed by the research institute of the Ministry of Public Security and Chinese tech giant Tencent’s WeChat team, and supported by various banks and other government departments. The programme is expected to launch across the country from Jan 2018. Making lives safer and more convenient The electronic identity card will function the same as a traditional identity card issued by the state. Verified users will be able to do anything t...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2017/12/wechat-china-official-virtu...

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