The European Commission on Thursday proposed a framework for a digital identity accessible to all EU citizens, residents and businesses.
According to a statement from the Commission, Europeans will be able to prove their identity and share electronic documents with their European Digital Identity Wallet via their smartphone. They will be able to access online services using their national digital identity, which will be recognized across Europe.
Larger platforms would be required to accept the use of a European digital identity wallet at the request of the user, for example to allow him to prove his age, specifies the same source.
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“The European digital identity will allow us to function in any Member State more easily than we do at home, without additional cost, whether it is renting an apartment or opening a bank account outside our country of origin . And this, in complete safety and transparency. So it is up to us to decide what personal information we want to share, with whom and for what purpose.“The Executive Vice President of the European Commission, underscored Margaret Vestager, was quoted in the press release.
According to the EU executive, under the new regulation, member states will provide citizens and businesses with digital wallets that will be able to link their national digital identity to proof of other personal attributes (such as driving licenses, diplomas, bank accounts). These portfolios may be provided by public authorities or private entities, provided they are recognized by member states.
The new European Digital Identity Portfolio will allow all Europeans to access online services without resorting to personal identification methods or unnecessarily sharing personal data, it adds.