Be that as it may, but in this case one can say with full confidence that using mObywatel was a hit. It is a program that definitely makes life and dealing with authorities easier. Digitization of the Prime Minister’s Office announced that it is already installed on the smartphone of every fourth Polish citizen.
The number of users of the mObywatel application is constantly growing
The occasion to indicate the current number of users is the 5th anniversary of availability. By the way, it’s hard to believe that you can use it for five years. During this time it was enriched with some new features and – which was one of the biggest changes – mIdentity was renamed to mObywatel (in March 2021).
And although it has a “government blessing”, you can’t yet use it to confirm your identity everywhere, but work is being done to change this, i.e. to make the validity of mObywatel the same as the identity card – according to planning, this should take place in the first half of 2023. By the way, it should be similar with the passport, which will also appear in the application, although in his case it is much more complicated.
This was announced by Minister Adam Andruszkiewicz, State Secretary in the Chancellery of the Polish Prime Minister Cyfrowanie The number of mObywatel users is constantly growing – the application has already been downloaded over 9 million times. Assuming that everyone who downloaded the program still has it on their smartphone and knows that over 38 million people currently live in Poland, it can be calculated that a quarter of Poles are already using it. And even if there are fewer real users, it’s still not a small group and it doesn’t change the fact that the application turned out to be a huge success, despite the fact that it reported almost 8 million daily active users as of June 2022.
This is confirmed by data on the number of downloads:
- January 1, 2020 – 776,600 installed applications,
- January 1, 2021 – 2,004,849 installed applications,
- January 1, 2022 – 6,625,566 installed apps,
- April 12, 2022 – 7564886 installed applications,
- November 30, 2022 – 9,002,126 installed apps.
By the way, we found out which mObywatel functions were most frequently used by users in the second half of 2022. These were mPojazd, mPrawo Jazdy eRecepta and Large Family Card (KDR).
What’s new in the mObywatel application? Important news coming soon
Recently, the applicant can submit an opinion on the increase in the electricity cap and applications for preferential purchase of coal for households and payment of an electricity flat rate, as well as report an incident that may have an adverse impact on the environment. In addition, we’ve learned that there are plans to add a number of other useful day-to-day features, including tax refund notifications, ID card, passport and liability insurance expiration reminders, and auto-filling of government forms with available data to make their submission easier and faster.
The digitization of the Prime Minister’s Office also announced that the mObywatel application will “soon” offer the possibility of inserting a credit exclusion that prevents financial liability, including in the event of identity theft by a third party or simply as a preventive measure. Most importantly, this tool is available for free while currently you have to pay for similar tools from companies that offer such a service.
The prepared regulations assume that banks, credit unions and lending companies will have to check the government database to see if a credit exclusion is activated for a specific PESEL number. As Janusz Cieszyński, Government Plenipotentiary for Cybersecurity, said: If they don’t ensure this, they can’t bring any claims against the victim of identity theft who reported it, and still the thief managed to extort money or sign a contract with the stolen ID.
In addition, notaries and courts should also be obliged to do this, for example to prevent the sale of real estate using a stolen identity card – if this has happened and the PESEL number of the theft victim is reserved, the contract will not be valid.
If someone does not use the mObywatel application for mobile devices, it will be possible to reserve a PESEL number in the browser version of mObywatel. A draft amendment to the Population Registers Act and some other legislation related to preventing the effects of identity theft will be forthcoming for consultation. Those interested can read it on the Government Legislation Center website.