Today starts the referendum of the E-ID

8 Oct 19

 

We do not want a digital Swiss passport from private companies! Together with the Digital Society and Wecollect, we want to defend ourselves against the digital passport of private companies, as passed through by Parliament. Issuing such personal documents must remain a goverment task.

It only took a few days for the 10'000 supporters to get together and to hold the referendum against the privatisation of the E-ID. Here we go, the collection of signatueres starts today!

To date, 10'835 citizens have pledged to support the referendum on the E-ID. 10'000 was the magical limit with which we can prevent a take-over from private institutions. Today we are launching the referendum against a historic system change. Private companies are to issue the digital Swiss passport (E-ID) in future and manage private sensitive data. The state passport office will be replaced by large banks, insurance companies and state owned corporations. We will not let private companies take charge of our citizenship.

In a representative survey on the E-ID, 87% (!) expressed themselves in favour of a future digital passport being issued by the state. It is also exciting that a young generation (18-34 years), with over 90%, have spoken out most clearly in favour of a state solution. This skepticism is understandable and reasonable; if a credit card no longer suits me, I can simply change providers or use cash again. But e-passports and E-ID concern fundamental areas of life, where the guarantor position of the state is more trustworthy than conglomerates of large companies that can merge or collaps at any time. States are much more reliable and durable, the Swiss Confedaration in it's present form has been around for over 170 years, has issued passports and identity cards thus has earned our trust.

A contradiction!

Campax describes itself as progressive and is very technology-savvy. Without IT we wouldn't be able to do anything. Now we join the ranks of sceptics who, as National Councillor Dobler of the FDP says, will set back progress by at least six years. 

We see no contradiction in this. On the contrary, history has shown us that privatizations of essential goods or services have often had negative consequences in recent decades. Water privatisation has led to higher prices and quality problems, and the privatisation of rail transport in the UK has caused decades of pain for travellers. The privatisation of E-ID is only too reminiscent of many internationally known privatisation sins.