New ID card for Belgian children

23rd June 2006, Comments 0 comments

23 June 2006, BRUSSELS — Belgian children under the age of 12 are to be given a personal electronic ID card.

23 June 2006

BRUSSELS — Belgian children under the age of 12 are to be given a personal electronic ID card.

The Kid@Card ID will replace the current white cards or identification certificates, newspaper 'De Tijd' reported on Friday.

The new ID card will also carry an ID number and a phone number of Child Focus, the organisation set up to find missing children.

That Child Focus number will be linked to seven other telephone numbers, such as those of the child's parents, grandparents and other family members.

Those telephone numbers will not be included on the card itself, but be maintained by Child Focus.

It is hoped the new cards will help lost children be quickly reunited with family. The federal government also hopes the initiative will lead to a more efficient government.

The electronic ID card for children will — like the eID card for adults — contain identification details, but will not hold an electronic signature.

The Kid@Card will undergo a trial period in five municipalities such as Houtharen and Bornem starting from next month.

Six months later, the cards are to be introduced nationwide.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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