EGBA Supports European Commission Proposal for European Digital Identity

European Commission announced plans to create a European digital identity card, an electronic identity card (e-ID), allowing EU citizens to access public and private services on the Internet.

A new proposal from the European Commission, which amends the previous Commission rules on eIDAS, will oblige EU public and private sector bodies to offer e-IDs and will allow EU citizens to use e-IDs anywhere in the EU to identify and authenticate to access services like a public one. and in the private sector.

The EGBA believes that the introduction of a European e-ID could have a significant and positive impact on how a customer’s identity is verified in the online gambling sector in Europe.

It will benefit customers by providing a reliable method in every EU country to easily and securely verify their identity. It will also allow the client to control what information he wants to share.

Also, the introduction of electronic ID will benefit operators by providing them with a new streamlined method of meeting various national Know Your Customer requirements, such as age verification, which they must comply with within the EU. A standardized identity verification method, in particular, will help reduce administrative and compliance costs for online gambling operators who operate in multiple European jurisdictions.

According to the European Commission, the introduction of a European e-ID could bring benefits of € 9.6 billion (US $ 11.69 billion) to the EU economy and create up to 27,000 jobs over a five-year period. Currently, 14 EU countries have electronic identification schemes, of which only 7 include mobile applications, and by 2030 the Commission has set a target for 80% of EU citizens to use electronic identification.

EGBA Director Ekaterina Hartmann said:

“An increasing number of Europeans use online services, and the general method of electronic identification will help them gain access to online services practical and safe way that will protect their data. We welcome the proposal about the pan-European electronic identity card, which will have a significant positive impact on how KYC is held in the European online gambling sector, and will help develop more general approaches to personal verification.

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