EU Introduces 'Digital Wallet' to Store Official Documents
June 4, 2021
The European Union (EU) Thursday unveiled its plans for a digital ID wallet that
would hold all official documents residents would need to allow them access to
the information at home or anywhere across the 27-nation bloc.
At a news briefing on the proposal in Brussels, European Commission Vice
President Margrethe Vestager said the European Digital Identity Wallet would be
a smartphone app that would let users store electronic forms of identification
and other official documents, such as driverís licenses, prescriptions and
Vestager said the plan would enable the blocís 450 million residents to do
anything they would at home ó rent an apartment, open a bank account ó in any EU
member state. She was quick to add that the plan would not be mandatory and that
citizens could put as much or as little data in the app as they felt comfortable
said technical work was already underway to ensure the app had the latest
encryption technology available and could not be hacked.
As many as 14 EU countries already have their own national digital ID systems,
and EU officials say the app is being developed for compatibility with those
systems. The commission plans to discuss the digital wallet with the EUís 27
member countries and aims to get them to agree on technical details by fall so
pilot projects can begin.
The proposal is part of a wider plan by the EU to go more digital and is a key
part of its post-COVID-19 recovery package. The bloc has set a target of having
all public services in the EU available online by 2030 and ensuring that every
EU citizen has a digital medical record.
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