A redesign of the personal identity code system is planned for 2023 in Finland, something similar to the tax code in Italy, but carried over to official identity documents as well.
This innovation will apparently have the advantage of making “everyday life, from shopping to dealing with authorities to using services, much easier” and will be accompanied by the use of a dedicated app, for smartphones and tablets. Digital identification is part of a larger project, called the “digital compass,” aimed at the digital transformation of many aspects of Finnish life and society, to be implemented by the year 2030.
For the time being, this is a legislative proposal that the government intends to present to parliament in the fall, with the prospect of seeing its implementation as early as next year.
Interestingly, the redesign of the personal identity code system would also allow for the issuance of gender-neutral personal identity codes to prevent possible and hypothetical “discrimination” against homosexual, transgender, queer, non-binary, etc. persons.
However, even when the use of such new coding linked to the digital app is institutionalized, gender-neutral personal identity codes will not change existing personal identity codes. In fact, the government speculates that they could be introduced starting in 2027 and issued to persons born in or who immigrated to Finland after that date.
Recently, iFamNews reported on the case which took place in the Czech Republic, where the Brno Constitutional Court rejected a request by a man who identifies as non-binary to change his identity code to “neutral.”