European Council adopts electronic identification rules

The European Council has adopted a regulation which – among other things – dictates conditions for mutual recognition of electronic identification and creates a legal framework for electronic signatures, seals and time stamps.

As the European Council itself explains, “the new regulation provides a common foundation for secure electronic interaction between businesses, citizens and public authorities … It seeks to increase the effectiveness of public and private online services, electronic business and electronic commerce in the EU and to enhance trust in electronic transactions in the internal market.”


National eID card holders set to top 3.5 billion by 2018

eID for half the world by 2018

A recently published Acuity Market Intelligence report suggests the number of national eID in circulation will rise to 3.5 billion by 2018.

According to Acuity Market Intelligence principal Maxine Most, “in five years time, half of the world’s population will have a chip-based national eID card, including near-complete regional coverage in Europe … This eID platform will encourage significant expansion of eGovernment services and provide the foundation for the development of national and global trusted authentication infrastructures.”


An update on IRISS

The EU-funded IRISS project began by asking how surveillance impacts on fundamental rights.

Pertinent to the EKSISTENZ project, IRISS has become increasingly focused upon web-based private sector data collection – that is data collection carried out through means such as social media outlets, online vendors and search engines – and the right to privacy.