In its proposal for the amending regulation to establish a framework for a European Digital Identity, the Commission proposed a much-debated “unique and persistent electronic identifier” – which it is now backing down from.
The unique, life-long identifier is among the most controversial provisions of the reform of the eIDAS regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the European Single Market.
The amendments suggest that unique identifiers should only be used in a cross-border context, while at the national level it should be up to the member states to decide.
Issues with the single identifier
A single identifier would “enable a level of tracking and profiling of citizens, that is contradicting the goal of the whole reform to put users back in control about their data,” Thomas Lohninger, executive director of the digital rights association epicenter.works, told EURACTIV.
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