Swiss consumers will soon be able to use a single digital identity to buy online products and services

Swiss consumers will be able to use a single digital identity to buy online products and services under a project unveiled on 21 November by nine big companies.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The aim is to let people use just one login profile to order in shops, buy train tickets or do banking transactions, according to the consortium.

It includes UBS, Credit Suisse, Swisscom, Swiss Post, stock exchange operator SIX, Raiffeisen, Swiss Railways, Zuercher Kantonalbank and insurer Mobiliar.

The plan is to create a joint venture next year for the platform similar to ones in use in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

The government will support the project by certifying the identity of customers, but the consortium partners will provide the infrastructure. Their existing clients already cover three quarters of the Swiss population. They intend to invest tens of millions of Swiss francs in the project.

The government has announced plans to introduce legislation by mid-2018 enabling the new digital ID system.


Published Date: Nov 21, 2017 10:04 pm | Updated Date: Nov 21, 2017 10:04 pm