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Overcoming Barriers in the EU Digital Identity Sector

  • Authors: John Elliott, Dave Birch, Margaret Ford, and Andrew Whitcombe
    Editors: Ioannis Maghiros and Boris Rotenberg
  • EUR Number: 23046 EN
  • Publication date: 12/2007


Digital identity is widely considered to be a key enabling technology for successful deployment of the information society. The world of digital identity is still in transition from the era of trials, pilots and closed systems to an era of local and national roll-out, interoperability and open systems. For the EU, there is a need to understand to what extent European integration of the identity sector has been achieved and/or is desirable in order to support this transition, and what are the main technical, organisational and legal barriers that might need to be overcome. The purpose of this project was to identify the most important and/or most challenging barriers to EU-wide deployment of digital identity technologies across both private and public sectors, to enable prioritisation and policy making. In line with the findings from the expert workshop, the categorisation of issues concentrates on the level at which they are most effective. The report finds that barriers arise at three distinct levels: individual level (most applicable at an individual or personal level), systems level (most applicable when considering systems design), and project level (most applicable to project management or project implementation). In the final part, the likely role of Europe is presented, as are policy options for removing the barriers found and for further initiatives at each of the three levels identified in the report.

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