The Information System Authority will replace the current ID-card browser plugin with a more reliable solution

15.04.2021

The Information System Authority (RIA) will replace the current online ID-card authentication and signing solution with the Web eID solution, which will ensure greater reliability when entering e-services and signing with an ID-card and improve user experience.

The Web eID solution enables the use of Estonian digital documents (ID-card, digital ID, e-resident’s digital ID, residence permit card, etc.) for secure authentication and signing on the web. Additionally, Web eID supports Latvian, Lithuanian, and Finnish ID-cards. The technical capacity was also developed to rapidly implement the most common European eID smart cards online.

The Web eID solution consists of a JavaScript library, a web browser extension, and an application which jointly coordinate the communication between the web browser, the website, and the smart card to perform cryptographic operations.

In order to take Web eID into use, additional changes must also be made to online services. The e-service library and samples for the Java platform are currently available. Support for additional platforms is planned. The transition to Web eID in online services requires that users have the Web eID extension and application installed. We plan to add the Web eID components into the ID-software installation package to be disclosed in the summer of 2021. Users will acquire the new components via updating the ID-software or by downloading them separately from the id.ee website.

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We invite you to test the new solution. Please send your feedback to help@ria.ee.

More information about the Web eID solution is available here.