WeChat, the largest social media network in China, has recently announced its plan to launch the WeChat ID pilot program with the government of Guangzhou. Reportedly, this popular app is poised to become China’s new official electronic ID system.
According to reports, by using WeChat’s facial recognition feature, the citizens of Guangzhou can now apply for a black and white e-ID. These e-ID’s, reportedly, will serve the same purpose as that of the conventional identity cards issued by the state government and will be officially tested in the Guangdong Province before being rolled out in the country from January 2018.
Under this project, industry analysts predict that the WeChat mobile application will become rather indispensable in the daily lives of many Chinese consumers and by extension, is certain to impact the regional electronic security market. Speaking along similar lines, the proliferation of such projects in tandem with strong governmental backing may help deter online identity theft, in turn fortifying electronic security industry growth. Experts reveal that, the government of Guangzhou and WeChat, have basically introduced the e-ID cards to prevent personal data leakage and identification forgery. The success of this move, according to experts, is anticipated to mark a significant milestone in the growth of China electronic security market.
For those who are unfamiliar, WeChat was primarily rolled out by Tencent as a mobile messaging application in 2011. However, the company has now evolved into China’s largest social media network as well as one of the most preferred online platforms for money transfers and other payments.
Sources familiar with the matter cite that the trial is set to span the entire Guangdong province and will further expand its reach across the entire country from January next year. For the record, the new WeChat ID card project was co-developed by Tencent’s WeChat team and the Ministry of Public Security, and was financially supported by several banks and governmental departments.