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Survey on the possible use of electronic identification means other than the ones currently used by online platforms

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With this informal survey the Commission would like to hear the views of online platforms and their private and business users, on the possible use of electronic identification means other than the ones currently used by online platforms. The deadline for replies is 31 January 2016.

The Commission Communication on Online Platforms and the Digital Single Market(*) states that online platforms should inform more effectively users what personal data is collected and how it is shared and used, in line with the EU data protection framework. More generally, this issue includes the ways in which users identify themselves in order to access online platforms and services. In order to empower consumers and to safeguard principles of competition, consumer protection and data protection, it is foreseen in the Communication that the Commission will further promote interoperability actions, including through issuing principles and guidance on eID interoperability at the latest by 2017.

The aim is to encourage online platforms to recognise other eID means — in particular those notified under the eIDAS Regulation (**) — that offer the same reassurance as their own. This may bring benefits not only to individual users, but also to businesses and the online platforms themselves, e.g. in terms better consumer choice, convenience, security, respect of privacy and data protection rules, a more trusted online environment with reduced risk of fraudulent activities.

For more information, please visit the blog post we have published on the eIDAS Observatory (***).

(*) https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/communication-online-platforms-and-digital-single-market-opportunities-and-challenges-europe
(**) http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2014.257.01.0073.01.ENG
(***) https://ec.europa.eu/futurium/en/eidas-observatory/


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