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Belgium launches multipurpose ID cards

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The Belgium government is planning to issue multipurpose national chip cards to all citizens and residents.

Under this initiative, the government has also issued blue and green children's cards both as an identity and a child protection measure. The kid's card includes three functions. Each card carries a phone number that connects to a cascade of numbers registered by the parents. If there is no answer, the call is transferred to a national child-protection hotline. After 24 hours, if parent find their child or a card, then it means that the parents or the police can be notified right away. The card's third function is internet safety: from the age of six, children can receive a PIN allowing them to sign on to children-only online groups. The children's card is part of a national programme to replace existing cards with multi-purpose electronic tokens. The e-ID has an embedded digital signature allowing citizens to bank online, as well as carry out e-government transactions such as filing tax returns.

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