European Data Protection Digest

EC To Propose e-Identity Agenda

PERSONAL PRIVACY—EU

May 25, 2012

The European Commission (EC) is planning to propose legislation that would promote the use of electronic identities across the EU, EurActiv.com reports. This June, EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes plans to introduce legislation "to facilitate cross-border electronic transactions" by implementing harmonised e-signatures, e-identities and electronic authentication services (eIAS) throughout the EU, the report states. "A clear regulatory environment for eIAS would boost user convenience, trust and confidence in the digital world," an EC document reportedly states. "This will increase the availability of cross-border and cross-sector eIAS and stimulate the take-up of cross-border electronic transactions in all sectors."
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