eID: ID card comes on the Samsung Galaxy S20

It is the first smartphone certified by the BSI for this purpose. Bundesdruckerei and Deutsche Telekom Security are also involved in the project. The electronic ID card eID will start this year.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 will be the first smartphone in Germany to use the electronic form of the ID card, eID. This was announced by Samsung, the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), Bundesdruckerei and Deutsche Telekom Security. The launch is planned for this year.

The basis for the mobile eID is the security architecture developed by Samsung and integrated into the Galaxy S20. “It enables citizens to securely save their ID as an eID on their own smartphone. After the first registration, the identity card will be transferred to a safe place in the device, ”says the partners in a joint press release.

eID on the Galaxy S20 (Image: Samsung)The eID was developed as part of the Optimos 2.0 funding project. It is intended to provide secure mobile authentication. The security architecture created in this way is open to various providers of identity services.

Among other things, Samsung provides a software development kit for its embedded Secure Element to third parties. “This enables service providers and application developers, applets for trusted service
Create managers (TSMs) that can be loaded into the secure, chipset-based platform certified for sovereign applications. As a result, applications and services can work seamlessly with the eID program, ”added Samsung and his partners.

In turn, Deutsche Telekom Security is responsible for the transmission of identities and data storage management. For this purpose, it provides its newly developed Trusted Service Management System. According to Thomas Fetten, CEO of Deutsche Telekom Security, it should be the basis for a “multitude of other applications”.

According to Samsung, the Galaxy S20, S20 + and S20 Ultra are the first smartphones to which the BSI has certified the conformity required for official use. The security architecture of the S20 series fulfills the requirements of the eIDAS regulation of the EU up to the level “substantial”. This should even enable cross-border use of national eIDs and prevent misuse and changes to IDs.

Samsung protects the locally stored security information with “the highest available encryption level. The embedded Secure Element stores sensitive data and isolates it. A separate security chip represents an additional security level that is intended to ward off hardware attacks.

Samsung assumes that its security architecture will not only be used for electronic ID cards in the future. The company sees other possible applications for storing driver’s licenses, health insurance cards or even car and apartment keys on smartphones. However, it is also conceivable to store medical documents securely or even open a new bank account using a smartphone.

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