GSMA Views on the Review of the Electronic Identification Regulation and Potential New European Digital Identity

Thursday 1 Oct 2020 |

GSMA Views on the Review of the Electronic Identification Regulation and Potential New European Digital Identity image

The GSMA, specifically representing the European Mobile Network Operators involved in Identity Services in this instance, expressly welcomes the Commission’s approach to revise and expand the eIDAS Regulation. We favour a combination of the three potential options described in the Inception document.

We support ambitious initiatives in this domain such as the extension of scope to the private sector, new rules for authentication on digital devices and the introduction of a European Digital Identity (EUid) scheme to access online public and private services.

Achieving a review addressing those three targets would be beneficial not only to the digitalisation of, and trust in, official documents (e.g. driving license, health insurance, etc) but also to secure transactions in a hyper-connected digital world. Mobile device solutions have a great potential as such devices are widely used by European citizens, but need a favourable framework to be massively deployed within the single market so as to avoid fragmentation or lock-in proprietary solutions.

To trigger the potential of digital ID and trust services on digital devices, GSMA suggests the following changes to the Regulation:

  • eIDAS services should be available to all citizens and extended to the private sector and to the digital devices;
  • Implementation of eIDAS services on digital devices (smartphones) should be based on interoperable solutions with guarantee of digital sovereignty and a security-by-design approach;
  • eIDAS-compliant solutions that use secure hardware such as secure elements in mobile devices, SIM cards or eSIMs should be supported by policy makers and standardised;
  • eIDAS-compliant service providers should be able to deploy interoperable standardised solutions made available on all kind of digital devices (smartphones).
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For more information please contact:

Helene Vigue

Identity and Data Director, GSMA

Helene Vigue


hvigue@gsma.com