Personal data watchdog: people won’t have to memorize new ID numbers

26-04-2011

People will not have to memorize their new ID numbers that will be handed out in mid 2112, deputy head of the Czech personal data protection agency, Antonín Šusta told the Czech news agency ČTK on Monday. The country’s authorities are planning to give each Czech citizen a specific identifier; unlike the ID numbers that are currently in use, they won’t reveal the person’s age and gender. Mr Šusta said the new numbers are primarily designed for internal official use, and it won’t be necessary to memorize them. The introduction of new ID numbers will cost some 130 million crowns; the Olomouc-based firm, TESCO SW, recently won a public tender to design and set up the new system.