Every BC Services Card has a chip embedded in it - similar to the ones used by credit and debit cards in Canada.
The chips do not store any personal information or records like your health or driving record.
The chip only contains:
- Personal account number
- Chip expiry date
- Unique internal keys that are used to prove the chip is genuine
It is almost impossible to duplicate the chip and it is locked when it is manufactured, meaning that it cannot be changed. This makes the BC Services Card very secure.
A card reader must be used to read the chip embedded in a BC Services Card. The card must be tapped or placed on a card reader. When you tap your card on a card reader it will recognize your unique chip and validate your identity.
While you may use the card to access different services, your privacy is still protected. For example, a health care provider will not be able to see your driving record, and a police officer or ICBC employee will not have access to your health records.
The systems developed to support the BC Services Card Program also ensure that information is not inappropriately shared across the programs.