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Digital Identity, Security & Online Fraud

The European Commission rolls out e-identity initiative

Friday 8 June 2012 | 12:28 PM CET

The European Commission has released an e-identity initiative to enable cross-border and secure electronic transactions in Europe.

A new draft regulation will update the current e-Signatures Directive, which will include new services such as e-stamping or e-seals, which are aimed at guaranteeing the origin and the integrity of an electronic document.

If the proposed regulation is approved by lawmakers in the EU Parliament and Council of Ministers, citizens’ e-identities will be automatically recognised in other EU member countries without need of extra paper work. Under the proposals, people and businesses will be able to use their own national electronic identification schemes (e-IDs) to access public services in other EU countries where e-IDs are available. The Commission has unveiled that the development will also create an internal market for e-Signatures and related online trust services across borders, by ensuring they have the same legal status as traditional paper based processes.

The Commission has mentioned that the new legislation would not oblige member states that do not have electronic IDs to introduce them. There are no plans to introduce a European eID or any kind of European database, or to enable or require the sharing of personal information with other parties.
 

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