From next week, it will not be possible to use an un-renewed ID card in Google Chrome web browser


From 5 September, ID cards and residence permit cards, the certificates of which have not been renewed, can no longer be used in the new version of the Google Chrome web browser for identification and digital signing.

Obstacles in using e-services will be experienced by people whose documents were issued before mid-October of 2014. People whose documents were issued between October 2014 and October 2015 and who have not renewed their certificates may also experience errors.

‘We recommend for all users of Google Chrome to renew their certificates, use other web browsers or mobile ID, or if necessary, apply for a new document at the Police and Border Guard Board in order to prevent possible errors,’ said Margus Arm, eID Domain Manager at the Information System Authority.

The certificates of ID cards issued between October 2014 and March 2016 can still be renewed by people themselves. To do this, you need to install the newest ID card software to your computer from the website and follow the instructions on the website to enable the additional modules of the web browser. If the ID card utility does not offer the possibility to update, then the certificates of the card do not need to be renewed. From 1 July, it is no longer possible to renew the certificates of ID cards issued before October 2014. Certificates of ID cards issued after March 2016 do not need to be renewed.

Currently, there are about 250,000 ID cards in use, the certificates of which Google Chrome will not accept from September. Among those, it is no longer possible to renew the certificates of a little over 116,000 cards from 1 July.

‘The limitations set by Google Chrome will not affect people who do not use their ID cards electronically. The card as an identity document will still be valid until the date marked on it. In addition, it will still be possible to use the DigiDoc Client software for signing documents with all valid cards,’ Arm explained.

Source: RIA


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