Electronic IDs in the EU and Beyond

We are living in times of digital transformation. A lot of forms, certificates, deeds and recordkeeping are moving from the physical world to the online digital world. This is also true for identification documents: all over the world, the trend is to create electronic versions of the traditional physical ID cards.

eIDAS is the European Union’s legislation that oversees electronic identification (eID), authentication and trust services for electronic transactions in the EU’s internal market. The EU Commission views these digital identity services as key enablers for secure cross-border electronic transactions and the central building blocks of the Digital Single Market.

This law is a legal milestone that provides a predictable regulatory environment to enable secure and seamless electronic interactions between businesses, citizens and public authorities.

New to eIDAS and electronic IDs?

A Primer on eIDs and eIDAS Regulation

The eIDAS regulation:

  • ensures that people and businesses can use their own national eIDs to access public services available online in other EU countries.
  • creates a European internal market for trust services such as electronic signatures, electronic seals, time stamps, electronic delivery services and website authentication by ensuring that they will work across borders and have the same legal status as their traditional paper-based equivalents.

In The eIDAS Primer, we explore the various types of electronic IDs, how they’re issued, and how they help citizens in the EU and beyond conduct business with government agencies. We answer frequently asked questions, discuss eIDAS 2.0 and digital wallets and look at the important role identity verification providers can play in the digital identity ecosystem.

You can download the e-book here to learn more.

eIDAS compliance primer

Updated: May 24, 2022


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