Reaching an “interim agreement” on e-ID, “a digital identity for all Europeans”

Reaching an “interim agreement” on e-ID, “a digital identity for all Europeans”

The Council of the European Union made an announcement this week. “With the aim of ensuring a reliable and secure digital identity for all Europeans, the Council Presidency and representatives of the European Parliament today reached a provisional agreement on a new framework for the European Digital Identity (eID).

The proposed new framework would also require member states to “issue a digital wallet under a notified electronic identity system, built on common technical standards, after mandatory certification.”

“By approving the European Digital Identity Regulation, we are taking a fundamental step so that citizens can have a unique and secure European digital identity,” said Nadia Calviño, Acting First Vice President of Spain and Minister of Economy and Digitalization.

From the ad:

The revised regulation constitutes a clear paradigm shift for digital identity in Europe, aiming to ensure universal access for people and businesses to secure and trustworthy electronic identification and authentication. Under the new law, member states will offer citizens and businesses digital wallets capable of linking their national digital identities to proof of other personal attributes (such as driver’s license, diplomas and bank account). Citizens will be able to prove their identity and share electronic documents from their digital wallets with the click of a button on their mobile phones.

The new European digital identity wallets will enable all Europeans to access online services using their national digital identity, which will be recognized across Europe, without having to use special identification methods or share personal data unnecessarily. User control ensures that only information that needs to be shared will be shared…

The amended law clarifies the scope of Qualified Web Authentication Certificates (QWACs), which ensure users are able to verify the identity of the person behind a website, while maintaining existing established industry security rules and standards.
“When the text is finalized, it will be submitted to the representatives of the Member States (Coreper) for approval. Subject to legal/linguistic review, the revised Regulation will then need to be formally adopted by Parliament and the Council before it can be published in the Official Journal of the European Union and entered into into force.”

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