The European Union’s Data Protection Supervisor brought together experts on digital identity and digital wallets to appraise the current situation of the EU’s digital identity plans, future possibilities, plus comparisons to other systems and problems already evident.
The Internet Privacy Engineering Network (IPEN) Workshop on Digital Identity described its aim as “understanding the challenges and identifying the state of the art of the available options for compliant and privacy-enhancing solutions.”
Thomas Lohninger, vice president of digital rights umbrella group European Digital Rights (EDRi) and executive director of the digital rights NGO Epicenter.Works in Vienna, outlined the major privacy issues the European project entails, and in particular the current reforms to plans, in his presentation entitled ‘Orwell’s Wallet: Missing Privacy Safeguards in the EU Digital Identity System.’
“The 2014 eIDAS regulation was actually ahead of its time because it enshrined in law the principle of privacy by design for the interoperability framework in Article 12 paragraph 3.c. Sadly that principle was deleted by the Commission in the reform we are currently looking at,” began Lohninger.