The European Commission on 3rd June proposed a framework for a European Digital Identity which will be available to all EU citizens, residents, and businesses in the EU. Citizens will be able to prove their identity and share electronic documents from their European Digital Identity wallets with the click of a button on their phone. They will be able to access online services with their national digital identification, which will be recognised throughout Europe. Very large platforms will be required to accept the use of European Digital Identity wallets upon request of the user, for example, to prove their age. The use of the European Digital Identity wallet will always be at the choice of the user.
For many years mobile network operators have worked with the European Commission to accelerate the uptake of trusted solutions under the existing European electronic identification and trust services initiative (eIDAS Regulation). In 2015 Mobile Connect was established as the first private-sector cross-border public service authentication solution compatible with eIDAS. Today’s ambitious proposal by the Commission will continue to build on the mobile industry assets to enable trusted, simple and secure access to online services.
Read the full press release here
Learn more about Mobile Connect and eIDAS here.