The department "Official Electronic ID Documents“ of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) focuses on piloting and implementation of new technologies and the issue of specifications for electronic ID documents, such as the electronic ID card, the electronic passport and the electronic residence permit.
An electronic ID document distinguishes itself from existing standard identity documents by an integrated electronic chip, on which the personal data of the document holder is additionally stored in electronic form. What data is stored and how it is done and exactly what benefits are gained can be found in the description of each document.
With the support of other areas of the BSI various tasks are processed, which the technical development of a new electronic ID document entails.
Following topics are included:
Concepts, technical guidelines, specifications, safety profiles and studies are created, including:
The results are consistently coordinated with various national and international institutions. These are, for example:
To enable the use of electronic identity documents, pilot projects had to and also have to be realized in different domains. Therefor, the following was initiated, implemented and / or accompanied:
For quality assurance regarding of the soft- and hardware used in context of electronic ID documents:
These tasks include the support of various institutions, such as
service providers (e.g trust centers and computing service centers).