A few months ago, we launched a discussion with all interested stakeholders on how online platforms and their users could make use of the opportunities provided by the government issued/recognised eID means.
This work was initiated in the context of the Communication on Online Platforms and the Digital Single Market which states that the Commission will further promote interoperability actions, including through issuing principles and guidance on eID interoperability at the latest by 2017.
As a first key step, on 24 April 2017, the Commission organised a dedicated workshop gathering representatives of online platforms, consumer and business organisations, individual businesses, digital identity providers, Member State authorities, academia and think tanks, etc. We exchanged views and ideas on the key issues that need to be address. During the workshop the participants also agreed on the way ahead towards finalising and validating a set of principles in an open and inclusive way.
Since then, we have seen substantial progress in the area of eID. On 26 September 2017, a key milestone was accomplished with Germany becoming the first EU country to complete the formal notification of its eID scheme. During the coming months we will see other European Member States doing the same, which means that their citizens and businesses will be able to use their own national eIDs to access online services in other EU countries. This opens up opportunities for the companies and their users, which should not be missed.
The goal of the principles and guidance is to allow and facilitate online platforms users, if they wish so, to rely on their own government-issued/recognised eID means whenever the access to online platforms may require electronic identification or authentication steps. In this regard, the principles and guidance aim to reflect values that everybody (users and online platform providers) can subscribe to as well as a shared understanding of how everybody can interact and exploit the benefits of the eID framework in the online platform ecosystem in the future.
The draft principles and guidance that we share with you today, build on the ideas collected during the workshop, as well as on further feedback received from stakeholders who volunteered to support the drafting process.
The final text of the principles and guidance will be a result of a participatory and co-creation process involving all relevant stakeholders and supported by the Commission. The overall ambition of this initiative is that, once finalised, the principles and guidance will be endorsed by as many stakeholders, representing various positions, as possible – in particular online platform operators, organisations representing individual and business users, digital identity providers, etc.
What will be the next steps?
The current draft principles and guidelines are shared for an open discussion with all of you.
The Commission will consolidate the inputs, embracing the views and contributions received from stakeholders.
This new draft will be validated in a Workshop on 29 November 2017.
The final version of the principles will be made public and with an invitation to stakeholders to officially endorse it.
We would like to hear from everyone interested in this topic! Are the current principles and guidance relevant for you? Do they reflect values that we can all subscribe to? Are they comprehensive? Can you propose other ideas for enriching them?