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ID Card Bug Affects e-Residency Cards

A problem revealed in September 2015 means that 250,000 ID cards and 5,000 e-Residency cards are not compatible with new Google Chrome web browsers.

A problem revealed in September 2015 means that 250,000 ID cards and 5,000 e-Residency cards are not compatible with new Google Chrome web browsers. This concerns ID cards issued between September 2014 and September 2015, as well as the much-publicized e-Residency cards.

Google has postponed the changes for six months, giving the Estonian Certification Centre, the state-owned company behind the software of ID cards, until March to find a solution.

Estonia has maintained that all ID cards, including those with the programming error, are completely safe. Renee Trisberg, an independent IT expert, told the Eesti Päevaleht daily that the bug and any software created to fix it are safe. The Certification Centre will issue a patch so that cardholders will not have to visit a Police and Border Guard office to get the issue resolved.

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