On 2nd June 2021 the European Union released extensive proposed changes to the existing eIDAS regulation.
This will move Digital ID in the EU to the next level; expanding the regulation to cover the provision of attributes and mandating the provision of European Digital Identity Wallets by all member states.
The following key points summarise the key amendments.
- eIDAS Now refers to itself as the European Digital Identity Framework.
- Is focussed on cross border Digital ID use.
- “The focus has shifted from the provision and use of rigid digital identities to the provision and reliance on specific attributes related to those identities.”. Extends the framework to cover the provision of electronic attributes.
- Aims to achieve a shift from the reliance on national digital identity solutions only, to the provision of electronic attestations of attributes valid at European level
- Covers private sector use of Digital ID.
- Introduces the concept of a mandatory European Digital Identity Wallet
- A minimum set of a verifiable attributes must be made available in the users wallet by each Member State. (See later section on attribute provision)
- expands the current eIDAS list of trust services with three new qualified trust services, namely the provision of electronic archiving services, electronic ledgers and the management of remote electronic signature and seal creation devices.
- Introduces an ‘EU Digital Identity Wallet Trust Mark’
For a more comprehensive summary of the proposed changes please see the OIX paper: Notes on the Proposed Amendments to eIDAS regulations