Secure Identity Alliance welcomes eIDAS as a ‘major step forward’ in ID Interoperability, Citizen Privacy and efficient eGovernment Services

Secure Identity Alliance welcomes eIDAS as a ‘major step forward’ in ID interoperability, citizen privacy and efficient eGovernment services



Paris, 29th April 2014: The Secure Identity Alliance today warmly welcomes the approval by the European Parliament of the proposal for a Regulation on Electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market (eIDAS).

Subject to ratification by the Council of Ministers, the eIDAS aims to Strengthen EU Single Market by boosting trust and convenience in secure and seamless cross-border electronic transactions.

According to Frederic Trojani, chairman of the Board of the Secure Identity Alliance: “This is positive news for consumers, businesses and governments. The eIDAS regulation essentially enshrines the principle of privacy by design in EU member state digital identity programmes. It promises to accelerate the already rapid development of a host of identity-based public and private eServices throughout Europe.
“In practice, real world adoption of this proposal will allow a citizen from a member state living in another member state to access that state’s Government eServices using his/her original state eID – in a fully secure and legitimate way. As well as supporting the free movement of skilled labor throughout Europe, eIDAS will also be significant in extending security and combatting fraud. We warmly welcome this move by the European Parliament.”

The Secure Identity Alliance, an organization dedicated to supporting sustainable worldwide economic growth through the development of trusted identities, has been campaigning for enhanced privacy and interoperability of digital identity since its launch in April 2013.

With technology neutrality and mutual recognition of electronic trust services throughout member states, the approval of the eIDAS proposal is a welcome step forward in secure identity and interoperability.