LA: The solutions of the future are based on biometrics.
Will you be holding a new procurement this year for something other than Mobile-ID?
LA: Mobile-ID is just a name. We want it to be a tool for electronic identification in a mobile device that could be used for authentication and digital signatures.
We will have elections again next year. Why can’t we vote using our mobiles? How is an HP laptop more secure than a Samsung smartphone for example?
MA: We are analyzing the risks of taking elections to iOS and Android. The question is how to ensure separation of devices. Right now, if you vote using a computer, you can check your vote using your phone. What happens when both the voting and the check take place in the same device? If a device has been taken over by a criminal, the process of verifying votes becomes meaningless. We will have an analysis in the first six months of the year, while the final decision rests with the National Electoral Committee.
People’s phones have online banking apps that can be used to move large amounts of money, health apps full of sensitive personal information etc. But for some reason we cannot be allowed to vote for the Center Party or the Reform Party using out smartphones. Seems odd.
LA: Voting is more important than bank transactions from the point of view of the state.
Therefore, let’s have the odds for whether we will have a voting app by next elections.
MA: I would have to go with fifty-fifty. The technology is not the problem.
LA: A lot depends on political decisions.
Ruling parties are increasingly worried about outdated hardware and software of public IT systems. Do you remain optimistic?
MA: The likelihood of something breaking down is growing with each passing day. Funding needs to be consistent and a well-planned process as opposed to isolated campaigns. We cannot live in a perpetual crisis situation. But yes, we remain optimistic today.
Margus Arm, why do I see two phones on the desk in front of you? One is an Android phone and the other an iPhone.
MA: The iPhone is for work.
Is iOS safer than Android?
MA: It is difficult to say at this point, but all our work phones are iPhones. Such was the decision.