European Commission proposal for a regulation on digital identity

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The European Commission published on 3 June 2021 its draft regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 as regards establishing a framework for a European Digital Identity: https://digital-strategy.ec.europa.eu/en/library/trusted-and-secure-european-e-id-regulation

Under the new Regulation, Member States will offer citizens and businesses digital wallets that will be able to link their national digital identities with proof of other personal attributes (e.g. driving licence, diplomas, bank account). These wallets may be provided by public authorities or by private entities, provided they are recognised by a Member State.

The European Digital Identity will be:
• Available to anyone who wants to use it: any EU citizen, resident, and business in the Union who would like to make use of the European Digital Identity will be able to do so.
• Widely useable: the European Digital Identity wallets will be useable widely as a way either to identify users or to prove certain personal attributes, for the purpose of access to public and private digital services across the Union.

Users in control of their data: The European Digital Identity wallets will enable people to choose which aspects of their identity, data and certificates they share with third parties, and to keep track of such sharing. User control ensures that only information that needs to be shared will be shared.

To make it a reality as soon as possible, the proposal is accompanied by a Recommendation. The Commission invites Member States to establish a common toolbox by September 2022 and to start the necessary preparatory work immediately. This toolbox should include the technical architecture, standards and guidelines for best practices.