To show your ID to the Police or to pay the Treasury: this is the official EU app for your mobile

The aim of this initiative is “to create a secure and trusted digital identity” for all Europeans, according to the EU. Access to the app can be done by fingerprint or retina scan and reach your mobile next year.

The app will be available in 2022

The European Union has announced an ambitious project consisting of the creation of a European Digital Identity framework through an official app that allows citizens of EU member states to virtually prove their identity and perform different procedures with public administrations and private companies of the member states.

An initiative that large technology companies (manufacturers of mobile operating systems or large Internet companies) will be obliged to comply, according to the European Commission in a statement. “Very large platforms will be obliged to accept the use of European digital identity wallets at the request of the user “.

In essence, the app will function as a virtual wallet promoted by the administration that allows citizens to carry out different procedures such as requesting a bank loan, contracting supplies, identify yourself to the authorities by showing your ID or pay for utilities.

An announcement that arrives days after Spain has begun to deliver the new DNI model, which has an integrated chip that stores your photo, fingerprints and signature. It will also be the first ID that you will not need to carry physically since citizens can include it in this European app or in another prepared by the Ministry of the Interior.

Although we still have to wait a year until this European app is available to download. Community authorities already highlight the possibilities to offer.

“It can be done safely and transparently. We can decide how much of our information we want to share, with whom and for what“said the executive vice president for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age, Margrethe Vestager.

The use of this application will have a voluntary character, as indicated by the EU, and be available to all member states.

However, despite its optional nature, the EU states that allowing widespread use “well to identify usersor to certify certain personal attributes when accessing public and private digital services throughout the Union “.

The app “ensure user control of data” since “the European digital identity wallets will allow them to choose which aspects of their identity, data and certificates they share with third parties and keep abreast of what is done with them”, they assure.

“This control by users,” they promise, “ensures that only that information is shared that really should be shared. ”

According to the Financial Times, the app has a strong security system that uses the user’s fingerprint or a retina scan as user authentication methods.

In parallel, the Commission has urged Member States to create “a common set of tools between now and September 2022 andImmediately make the necessary preparations“for its implantation.

With a view to 2030

This initiative of the European Union is framed within a project and a broader vision that it looks for that facing “to 2030, all key public services must be available online, and all citizens will have access to electronic medical records. ”

A date by which the EU estimates that 80% of the population use an electronic identification solution.

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