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EU: Parliament and Council agree on digital identity framework

The Council of the European Union and the European Parliament announced, on November 8 and 9, 2023, respectively, that they had reached a provisional agreement on the creation of a pan-European digital identity framework. Specifically, the Parliament noted that according to the agreed text, the new digital identity wallet would allow citizens to identify and authenticate themselves online without having to resort to commercial providers, a practice that raises trust, security, and privacy concerns.

Moreover, the Parliament highlighted that via the so-called 'privacy dashboard,' users would be able to have full control of their data and request that their data be deleted, as provided for under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Additionally, the right to use a pseudonym would be enshrined in the framework. In this regard, the Council specified that user control ensures that only information that needs to be shared, will be shared.

Regarding the next steps, the Council explained that technical work will continue to complete the legal text in accordance with the provisional agreement. 

You can read the press releases here and here.