Deloitte was commissioned a strategic study on possible future models for the European eID management context and the role of the STORK Large Scale Pilot project under the CIP ICT PSP programme within this context.
As use of the Internet expands, a European Union (EU)-wide means of ensuring users'1 cross border online identity is becoming necessary. A large-scale pilot has already begun to test the possibilities of such a system. Its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and strengths have been enumerated, and the potential for future progress in this field explored.
Key Action 16 of the Digital Agenda announces by 2012 a Council and Parliament Decision to ensure mutual recognition of e-identification and e-authentication across the EU based on online 'authentication services' to be offered in all Member States (which may use the most appropriate official citizen documents – issued by the public or the private sector).