Thu 21 October 2021:
As the Kingdom digitizes its services, it plans to implement an electronic chip that will contain a citizen’s data and link it to their passports.
An interior ministry source told Al Arabiya that the Kingdom will establish a digital national identity in a few months.
The source pointed out that biometric and fingerprint registration will also be available when issuing digital visas, without the need for people to come to embassies.
The number of people who use government agencies’ digital applications has surpassed 24 million, including residents, expatriates, and visitors.
The COVID-19 tracking software “Tawakkalna” is another digital service provided by Saudi Arabia.
Tawakkaln, the official application certified by the Ministry of Health to limit the transmission of the coronavirus, has been used by over 17 million people in the Kingdom since it was launched nine months ago, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Saudi Arabia introduced the Tawakkalna application in May to manage giving permits to government and private entities during the curfew in place at the time.
The application was created in close collaboration with the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority and the Ministry of Health (SDAIA).
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