Tax-day-breakdown of Norwegian e-ID system BankID

Norwegians woke up today in expectation of their electronic tax statement getting delivered into their digital mailboxes on the government portal However, the most popular electronic identity of Norway, the bank-owned BankID system, was “instable” and therefore excluded from the login screen of the Norwegian identity federation portal, ID-porten. Even the banks mentioned “instability”, while BankID claims that their system is inaccessible for “some users”.

The Altinn portal has a history of instable service on tax day. We’ll report on the causes of today’s disturbance (see comments for updates).

No BankID available for Norwegian e-citizens on tax day
BankID instable at Norway’s largest bank
Bankid inaccessible for “some users”


2 thoughts on “Tax-day-breakdown of Norwegian e-ID system BankID

  1. made a press statement saying that the high demand from the tax application brought their authentication infrastructure to the limit. As a load figure, 90 identity transactions per second were mentioned. Since disruption of the authentication service has serious side effects on availability of all other services using BankID, e.g. access to bank accounts and other financial services, the Norwegian e-ID federation decided to relieve the situation by temporarily disabling BankID on IDporten to distribute the load better.

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