Digital identity can be defined as a set of digital information belonging to an individual enabling their unique identification – who am I? – authentication – what are my rights? - and finally, to grant their consent – called an electronic signature. It allows the definite ownership of the digital information involved in the exchange to be established, promoting secure and simple access to online services.
De facto, digital identities lie at the heart of digital trust, and meet the need to reassure citizens and provide them with the codes and signs required to guarantee protection of their private life and personal data.
The central challenge of a strong foundation of trust in the digital world, of which digital identity is a key component, is to enable in the shortest time possible the maximum dissemination of online services.
We need digital trust, in particular for source or root identification data, guaranteed by a strong, operative, credible authority defending public and social interests, promoting the ethics, collective direction and regulations which form the basis of a sustainable society.
This trust rests on processes and conditions regulated by the laws of Member States or the European Union. The digital world is not exempt from this constant. As for all human activities, it is subject to current or future jurisdictions.
That’s why the modernization of identity and social links should be based on the legal frameworks which guarantee their security and efficiency. On this foundation, the private world can amplify the movement and create thousands of services which will then be consumed by citizens of their own free will, but based on minimum guarantees common to all services. The fluid interoperability of services is dependent on this condition. Very heavy European investment in the interoperability of identity systems and the digital trust mechanisms of Member States is therefore entirely justifiable.