Unlock the Power of EU Digital Identity Wallet: Easier Access to Services & Data Privacy


    • The European Parliament voted in favor of creating an EU-wide digital identity wallet, called the European Digital Identity (eID) framework.
    • This wallet could store citizen’s IDs, health cards, and certificates digitally in a smartphone application.
    • Negotiations with the European Council on implementation are the next step, but digital transformation and data protection experts have doubts about implementing the wallet.

    European Union Plans for Digital ID Wallet

    The European Parliament recently voted in favor of negotiating a mandate for talks with the European Union member states to revise the new European Digital Identity (eID) framework and create a “European Digital Identity Wallet.” This digital wallet would allow citizens to identify and authenticate themselves online without relying on big commercial providers like Apple, Google, Amazon or Facebook. The goal is to bring this new wallet to 80% of EU citizens by 2030.

    Citizen Data Protection

    The system is designed so that citizens remain in full control of their data, allowing them to decide for themselves what information to share and with whom. It could also require major online platforms like Google or Facebook to offer the EU wallet for logging into their services – as well as small and medium-sized enterprises – through soft law and delegated acts mandating Know Your Customer checks.

    Usability Challenges

    In order for citizens to adopt this digital identity system in their daily lives, it must be easy and efficient when interacting with public services and administrations. Usability is therefore key when it comes adoption rates; however challenges may arise due to different technical standards across countries that need resolving before implementation can take place..

    Data Privacy Concerns

    Despite potential benefits such as increased efficiency when verifying customers’ identities or accessing public services, there are some concerns about how secure this new system will be from hackers or intrusive governments attempting access private data stored within users’ wallets. Additionally, questions have been raised about whether or not there are enough safeguards in place regarding who can access user’s personal data stored within these wallets once they are implemented across Europe..


    Though negotiations must still take place between the EU Parliament and Council on implementation of this system, it appears likely that Europe will soon move towards establishing a single digital identity standard over its member states which could save time & resources when verifying customers’ identities & accessing public services across borders. However much more work needs to be done to ensure that necessary security measures & data privacy policies are put into place before full adoption takes effect..