Dutch digital identity verification system DigiD has announced the phasing out SMS as second factor. That way they require citizens to install a smartphone app in order to use digital services from the government, municipalities, the health sector and others. These applications only work on iOS and Android phones, with reliance on third party services.

Give it a few years and you won’t be able to do anything without a smartphone. This obsession needs to stop.

On a brighter note, I had no idea that Germany has an open source app for their digital infrastructure. Go, Deutschland!


Btw: “Dutch” means from the Netherlands. German or in German “Deutsch” is "from Germany.

Yes, I am aware. I was referring to this part of the article:

In contrast, the situation in Germany is quite the opposite. AusweisApp2 is the German identification app, which is available in F-Droid, Debian and many other Free Software repositories.


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So people without a phone are excluded.

not only that, DigiD requires activation by NFC scanning your id. If you have a phone without an NFC reader you’re out of luck.

Even tho I have a phone with a NFC reader, shit doesn’t work.

Governments really should require that software made for them be made open source and that they use open standards. :(

yep, and this is basically the case in alot of places now - perhaps not just stated so officially.

how can we pretend to talk about a free society, when your choices to be recognised as a citizen are apple or google?


True, at least make it a web, so every device with access to a popular browser (and camera or other requirements they have) will do.

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