In a post pandemic world, government and organization spending on biometrics that are tied-in on digital identities are on the rise.
Recently, the European Commission has outlined their vision for the development and implementation of digital identities that are envisioned to be accepted and legally recognized throughout the European Union.
EURACTIV, obtained the documents and according to the latter, the outline for the European Digital Identity vision was discussed at the European Digital Identity Roundtable that was held in Berlin on 30 September 2020.
According to the new data, digital identification has become ‘fundamental’ to the everyday operation of online services and will be deemed as an essential component for the security of online information management and to the commercial side. The challenge today is creating a digital identity framework that is recognized by countries and be ideally, universally recognized.
During the European Digital Identity Roundtable, representatives of the German EU Council Presidency met with other European institutions and Member States, discussed the outline and vision, as a precursor in creating a foundational EU guidelines for digital identity charter that will be recognized by all EU members.
Basing on the discussions the following priorities were claimed by the joint assembly:
- Priority in the development of a universally recognized Digital ID platform for all European citizens.
- Digital ID having the ability to securely identify themselves in digital services online
- The need to develop a EU-interoperable, trusted, and privacy-sensitive solutions for user-friendly digital identification.
- Develop a future-proof European legal framework for digital identities that will be recognized by all EU members.
Currently there are 14 EU countries have deployed their respective eID schemes, allowing various use cases for the citizens of these respective countries to use electronic documents on public services, passport proof, healthcare, financial services and in commerce.
Recently the European Commission unveiled new plans to extend access to public services to other EU countries through a singular but widely-recognized Digital ID where people will no longer need to carry multiple physical IDs.