Brazil adopts Blockchain for Digital Identity

The government of Brazil is taking a decisive step towards the adoption of blockchain, demonstrating a strong commitment to integrating this technology into the digital identity sector. This bold undertaking, about to get underway, offers significant benefits for over 214 million residents.

Blockchain at the service of digital identity in Brazil

Blockchain technology continues to transcend its boundaries, extending beyond the financial sector into fields as varied as space exploration and citizen identity management. In Brazil, the government is firmly committed to this trend, modernizing its digital identification system using blockchain.

From November 6, the states of Rio de Janeiro, Goiás, and Paraná will kick off this major transformation by adopting a private blockchain developed by Serpro, the Brazilian national data processing service.

The initiative stems from a decree issued on September 25, obliging the entire country to embrace blockchain technology for its identity documents, a breakthrough that will benefit beyond 214 million citizens.

Alexandre Amorim, the President of Serpro, has underscored two fundamental cornerstones of this digital identity transformation: the unchangeability and distribution of blockchain.

In his opinion, this technology considerably enhances the security and reliability of the national identity card project (National Identity Card), protecting personal data and preventing fraud.

The ambitions of the national identification project are manifold, including:

  • Fight organized crime.
  • Promote cooperation between governments.
  • Simplify access to public services.
  • Streamline administrative processes.

The shift towards digital identity is part of a broader global movement where technology is becoming increasingly pivotal in the procedures for verifying identity. Brazil is merely one player in this digital upheaval. Multiple countries, Argentina included, have already made similar advancements, enabling their citizens to retrieve their identity documents through digital wallets.