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Credit Cards To Replace Certificate Keys For Online Personal Identification

By March 9, 2017 at 9:16 am
In 2016, overseas card spending by South Koreans came at US$14.3 billion, an increase of 7.8 percent from 2015, BOK data showed. (Photo : WSJ.com)

Credit cards will replace the text message verification or the accredited certificate keys which are used for online personal identification. This has been confirmed by the Korea Communications Commission last Tuesday.

The said commission shall start testing credit cards this month as replacement of resident registration numbers. And KCC targets August as the launching of the said service.

KCC too added that they are still in the process of examining the potential business partner for this service and will announce hopefully this month. The commission will test the service perhaps between March and April and will decide on the partner by July as per Korea Times.

In the said service, users can just tag their credit card in their name to a smartphone which should support the near-field communication or the NFC technology. And after the handset recognizes the information from the credit card, it then starts to compare the information to the data found on the server of the credit card company. This is also to verify the card holder's resident registration number.

Thus new service which uses the credit card information will benefit the students and the workers who are living overseas. This is for the reason that they can utilize this service no matter where they are so long as they have a credit card bearing their name.

The Korean government has been encouraged for several times to scrap already the requirement of old personal identification procedures like the public certificate keys. These keys are really hard and complicated to use and will not be that convenient.

The use of this credit card information is far more convenient than that of the resident registration number. This is likewise to increase convenience in utilizing online services and mobile while decreasing the risks of leaking personal information.

However, the government faces problem over the introduction of this new service since it is also based on the user's resident registration numbers.

Meanwhile, KCC also planned to release a smartphone application service which could cater to providing personal identification through the password.

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