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Published on 18-02-11

The Commission wants to tackle the low levels of consumer and business confidence in online transactions and is asking for views on how electronic signatures and electronic identification (eID) and authentication can help the development of the European Digital Single Market. Both are important to enable users and providers to rely on secure, trustworthy and easy-to-use online services, but must work in all member states to be effective.

Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda, said: "I welcome everybody's views on how we can best verify people's identities and signatures when we buy, sell or undertake administrative procedures online that need to be highly secure. I want to help all Europeans get online without feeling that they will fall victim to data frauds or scams."

    Have your say: eSignatures and eIdentification

    The focus is on:

     citizens' and businesses' expectations of EU rules on electronic signatures, identification and authentication;

    • the ICT sector's view on how eSignatures can be best tailored to face the forthcoming challenges triggered by technological progress.
    • the common set of principles which should guide the mutual recognition of eIdentification and eAuthentication in Europe, as well as considerations for economies of scale by allowing national eID systems;
    • the potential contribution of research and innovation to the development of new eIdentification and eSignatures authentication.

     The online consultation runs until 15 April 2011.

    The results of this consultation will feed into the Commission's review of the existing eSignature directive and the preparation of an initiative on the mutual recognition of electronic identification and authentication.

    Pilot project

    The Commission is also already supporting a large scale pilot project called "STORK" (Secure idenTity acrOss boRders linKed) to enable cross-border recognition of eID systems and easy access to public services in 18 European countries (for details).

    The project aims to enable EU citizens to prove their identity and use national electronic identity systems (passwords, ID cards, mobile phones and others) throughout the EU, not just in their home country.

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