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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)

The iAM Smart mobile app that enables citizens to access various government services online and pay utility bills with a single digital identity will be available for free download from 9am tomorrow.

Secretary for Innovation & Technology Alfred Sit introduced the app’s features at a press conference this afternoon.

Developed by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, the platform provides four functions: authentication, form filling, personalised notification and digital signing.

Hong Kong Identity Card holders aged 11 or above are eligible to register for the app.

The public will be able to access more than 20 online government services and public utilities such as the two electricity and gas companies once they register for the platform.

The Innovation & Technology Bureau expects the number of public services accessible through the platform will increase to more than 110 by mid-2021.

Mr Sit assured citizens of the app’s data security. 

“We do understand that Hong Kong citizens have concerns about privacy protection – that is a norm in society. We are going to have all the necessary procedures and measures in place to protect the data privacy of people.

“My understanding is that Hong Kong citizens love to use information technology, so the usage of smartphones in our society is widely accepted by people. We expect that the iAM Smart application will be well received by Hong Kong citizens.”

Mr Sit also said new features including an electronic COVID-19 testing and vaccination record will be added to the app next month.

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