The European Digital Identity will be available to EU citizens, residents, and businesses who want to identify themselves or provide confirmation of certain personal information. It can be used for both online and offline public and private services across the EU.
Every EU citizen and resident in the Union will be able to use a personal digital wallet.
Benefits of the European Digital Identity
|The right of every person eligible for a national ID card to have a digital identity that is recognised anywhere in the EU|
|A simple and safe way to control how much information you want to share with services that require sharing of information|
Operated via digital wallets available on mobile phone apps and other devices to:
Online consultation platform on European Digital Identity Wallets
The Commission has launched an online platform to gather feedback from everyone interested in shaping future European Digital Identity Wallets. The online platform will stay open to comments throughout the legislative negotiations and until the common toolbox is developed by the Member States, to make European Digital Identity Wallets a practical tool for all.
Why is it needed?
Today, only about 60% of the EU population in 14 Member States are able to use their national eID cross-border.
Only 14% of key public service providers across all Member States allow cross-border authentication with an e-Identity system, for example to prove a person’s identity on the internet without the need for a password. The number of successful cross-border authentications per year is very small, though on the increase.
72% of users want to know how their data is processed when they use social media accounts. 63% of EU citizens want a secure single digital ID for all online services (Eurobarometer survey)
- Available to any EU citizen, resident, or business in the EU who wants to use it
- Widely useable as a way of identification or to confirm certain personal attributes for the purpose of access to public and private digital services across the EU
- Giving full control to users to choose which aspects of their identity, data and certificates they share with third parties, and keep track of such sharing
The European Digital Identity can be used for any number of cases, for example:
- public services such as requesting birth certificates, medical certificates, reporting a change of address
- opening a bank account
- filing tax returns
- applying for a university, at home or in another Member State
- storing a medical prescription that can be used anywhere in Europe
- proving your age
- renting a car using a digital driving license
- checking in to a hotel
Using the European Digital Identity: applying for a bank loan
Applying for a bank loan is a process that typically includes numerous steps, from setting up appointments and having physical meetings, to collecting and signing all the paper documents - and repeating the operation if documents are missing.
By using the European Digital Identity, the user only has to select the necessary documents that are stored locally on his digital wallet to reply to the bank’s request. Then, verifiable digital documents are created and sent securely for verification to the bank, who can then continue with the application process.
Making things easier for citizens and businesses
The following identification and trust services can already be used with legal effect across the EU thanks to the trust framework created by the eIDAS Regulation. They are key tools to enable trust and security in the Digital Single Market. Some services, like eSignatures, will be integrated into the wallet to facilitate their use.
Expression in an electronic format of a person’s agreement to the content of a document. The function will be integrated into the wallet.
Will help me to sign legal documents and email without printing any paper
Will reduce costs and time through streamlined processes and help innovate business procedures
Electronic proof that a set of data existed at a specific time
Will give me proof that I have bought my concert tickets
Will enhance document tracking and achieve greater accountability
A way for businesses and consumers to prove their identity electronically
Will allow me to open a bank account in another country with my national ID
Will expand my customer base, save costs and time, and build trust in cross-border transactions
Qualified Web Authentication Certificate
Ensure websites are trustworthy and reliable
Will let me know that the websites and apps I like using are trusted and safe
Will increase consumer trust and help avoid phishing, protecting the reputation of my business
Guarantee both the origin and the integrity of a document
Will guarantee that the football tickets are real and are not counterfeit
Will reduce costs and time through streamlined processes and promote trust in the origin of the document
Electronic Registered Delivery Service
Protects against the risk of loss, theft, damage or alterations when sending documentation
Will guarantee that my son’s birthday present arrives safely
Will reduce time and cost in document exchange, increase efficiency and trust and improve document tracking