The GSMA, specifically representing the European Mobile Network Operators involved in identity services in this instance, warmly welcomes the European Commission’s initiative to revise and expand the eIDAS Regulation into the EUID framework. It is encouraging to see that the initiative includes the expansion of eIDAS services to the private sector, proposes to create interoperable standardised solutions via the Toolbox and applies crucial principles such as user sovereignty and a security-by-design approach. Nonetheless, the proposal requires more precision in order to leverage the potential of digital ID and trust services on digital devices.
Crucially, mobile network operators (MNOs) are in a good position to help Member States deploy their digital wallets as quickly as possible. The industry possesses substantial assets, such as physical shops and existing digital processes for ID verification, which will allow mobile operators to help deploy digital wallets at a ‘high’ assurance level. As such, the private sector and operators must be involved in the definition of the technical aspects of the digital wallets, and the new EU ID Ecosystem notably to ensure end-to-end security as well as smooth deployment and fast adoption.
MNOs can reach any current smartphone user with a secure element, which enables tamper-proof solutions compliant with the security requirements of this Regulation. Furthermore, as long-term systemic actors already involved in authentication and compliance processes, such as Know Your Customer (KYC) processes and performing legal interceptions, MNOs can highlight what environment is optimal to allow them as well as the wider community of private actors to bring value to the framework and meet the expectations of citizens and the European Commission. However, for the mobility industry to help deploy digital wallets and have an incentive to participate in this framework, certain elements must still be addressed in the legislation to increase the velocity of the wallet take-up.
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Paul Alix is Government Affairs Coordinator for the Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs team at the GSMA Europe office. His work includes facilitating engagement with EU institutions and policymakers in the EU Member States and supporting GSMA’s advocacy on regulation concerning the European Digital Single Market. Prior to joining GSMA, Paul worked in the US finance and legal sectors and interned at UNDP. Paul holds an MPA in Development Practice from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in International Affairs from Vesalius College.
Identity and Data Director, GSMA