Digital identities provide the necessary foundation of a modern government and society. At the same time, it also allows for stronger security as access to services is focused on the right people, at the right time and location.
At European level, action has been undertaken. The eIDAS regulation came into force in 2014 with the aim to create a predictable regulatory environment to enable secure and seamless electronic interactions between businesses, citizens and public authorities. And many governments have their own projects to ensure integration of digital identities. Italy, for example, is working on a public system for the management of Digital Identities of citizens and businesses (SPID) where public administrations may allow access to its services using the electronic identity card and the national services card.
Yet, beyond the sphere of e-government, digital identities are also a strong enabler for the development of commercial services: several vertical industries have already started to work on stronger authentication and trust services.
The DSM strategy acknowledges the importance of e-government. In this context, a continued push for stronger harmonization (both at policy and technical level) is required both in and between public and private sector. In fact, we need stronger convergence between services developed in the context of e-government and the ones developed by the industry (banking, payment, transport security, etc) to make sure that silos do not impede on the development of a DSM.
With this EIF event, we want to provide an overview of the role of digital identities, focus on on-going initiatives, highlight opportunities and produce a call to action within the context of creating a Digital Single Market.
Michal Boni, MEP and EIF Steering Committee Member
Andrea Servida, Head of Task Force "Legislation Team", European Commission DG CONNECT
Afke Schaart, Vice-President Europe, GSMA
Claudio Arciprete, Project Manager Digital Identity, Strategy & Innovation at Telecom Italia
David Birch, Director, Consult Hyperion, and Chair, TechUK Payments Committee