An initiative launched by the World Economic Forum (WEF) with the participation of Canada and the Netherlands to test the use of digital credentials in travel has been finalized, the Dutch government said. The Dutch government is currently planning a new digital identity project with Ottawa.
The news comes after Transport Canada recently told The Epoch Times that all parties involved in the Known Traveler Digital Identity (KTDI) WEF initiative “committed to finish the project,” with several This suggests that aspects of the
KTDI participants also include Montreal Trudeau and Toronto Pearson Airports, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Air Canada, Royal Dutch Airlines and IT and services company Accenture.
The Dutch government had said in autumn 2022 that the KTDI had been suspended and would not be pursued further.
“It is right that the KTDI project is completed,” said Dutch government spokesperson Diantha Raadgers when asked about the current status of the project.
“The KTDI project was the first attempt to see if passengers could travel with a digital ID, but it will not be extended beyond that early stage.”
When presented with information provided by Transport Canada, Raadgers said there was no contradiction.
“The KTDI project is not ‘perfect’ because not all objectives have been met,” said Raadgers, who works for the Department of Transport and Aviation at the Ministry of Infrastructure. She did not indicate which goals were met and which were not.
“At the same time, it is also correct that the project as a whole is not ‘closed’, although it is in fact closed as it will not be pursued further. At the same time, the knowledge gained through this project will be preserved and used in a new project, a European exam between the Netherlands and Canada. ”
When asked about the new project, Transport Canada spokesperson Hicham Ayun said the ministry wanted to “repeat its engagement” in relation to KTDI and said, “All partners are committed to ending the project and We remain committed to working together to disseminate the knowledge gained through this initiative.” ”
“Transport Canada has agreed with partners to cease KTDI project activities and information regarding future collaborations will be available later this spring,” said Ayoun.
The KTDI project was announced in 2018 and driven by the WEF. The WEF is a globalist organization of leaders in politics, industry and activism that seeks to influence government and corporate governance.
It said implementing digital identities is an “urgent” need.
“People, organizations, and internet-enabled devices are all interacting with each other virtually, so there is an urgent need for solutions that enable us to establish trust and engage in meaningful interactions between ourselves and others in the digital realm. Required WEF Digital ID guide For executives.
Transport Canada has acknowledged continued cooperation with the Dutch government in the area of digital identity in travel via biometrics for International Civil Aviation Organization compliant digital travel documents.
Transport doesn’t provide many details about the new project, but last December the Dutch government released a good amount of information about the project. website Dutch only. I used DeepL to get the translations.
The new pilot project is said to come at the request of a European Union commission that intends to introduce legislation this year on the use of digital credentials for crossing borders.
The Dutch National Identity and Data Agency (RViG) says the tests will be carried out on a KLM flight between Montreal-Trudeau and Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.
The pilot is expected to last three months in the first half of 2023 and will target between 1,000 and 5,000 travelers.
RViG describes a process that involves prospective participants using an app on their smartphones to read chips in their physical passports.
Participants will then take a selfie and compare it to the photo included in the passport chip. A digital travel credential is then generated.
The personal data is then sent to the airline and the national police, the Royal Malechause.
The traveler then used DTC to board a plane from Montreal-Trudeau to Schiphol.
RViG says participants must provide explicit consent and any data or DTCs collected will be deleted after the trip for privacy reasons.
Dutch participants include RViG, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice, Royal Malechoise, KLM, Schiphol Airport and technology providers not specified.