Switzerland’s Justice Minister, Karin Keller-Sutter, has stressed the government’s plans to introduce a common digital ID which would streamline numerous administrative processes and communication with authorities and businesses.

The proposed e-ID, yet to be discussed by political parties, organisations and institutions ahead of a parliament decision, remains free and optional with citizens able to opt for other compatible ID cards.

The decentralised digital ID, which would grant citizens control over their data, is expected to be made available at the earliest by 2025.

The planned digital ID could also be effective in verifying voters’ ages, names, and where they live, although there are no current plans outlined by the Justice Ministry to incorporate the digital ID with e-voting, the collection of e-signatures, or other government services.