The international Porvoo Group will convene in Rome, Italy on 25 and 26 May 2017 to discuss and share
information on issues related to electronic identity and safe web services. The theme of the conference is
electronic identity in a changing world.


The conference will focus on strong electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions,
especially on electronic signature. The aim is to achieve more advanced and more interoperable
identification solutions. Recent regulation in the sector and the EU’s projects on identity will also be
introduced in the conference. In addition, the main topics include issues related to privacy protection, such
as identity thefts.


The presentations of the participant countries on national development projects in electronic identification
and digitalisation projects, such as Finland’s electronic Suomi.fi service platform, constitute an important
part of the conference. The joint organisation of Finland and Estonia, to which the development of the
originally Estonian integration solution X-Road will be transferred, will also be introduced. This
cooperation will for its part contribute to cross-border identification.


The group’s 19th conference will be hosted by the Porvoo Group and the Italian public authority Agenzia
per l’Italia Digitale. Its partners are eForum, the EKSISTENZ Project and EEMA, which are European actors
in the field of electronic governance, identity and identification. Representatives from different European
countries, the USA, Japan and Gambia will participate in the conference.

Conference website: http://porvoo19.eu/ 

Download the full press release here.

On May 25th/26th, EKSISTENZ will join with the Porvoo Group for the EKSISTENZ Final Event, bringing together a wide range of speakers and topics with a focus on what comes next in relation to identity in this changing world. It will be hosted by Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale (AgID). The draft agenda can be downloaded here along with the official conference website here

The conference will consider how the various initiatives can support the movement towards having more mature and valuable interoperable identity schemes. The programme has been arranged by the Porvoo Group, and eForum representing the EKSISTENZ Project supported by EEMA.

A core focus of the Porvoo Group is keeping abreast of what the national representatives are doing in their own countries. Therefore, there will be updates from a variety of countries including Estonia, Belgium and Finland. Additional insights will be provided from outside the EU and there will also be a focus on how this experience can best be shared with the developing world and also, how the existing networks can strengthen their cooperation. In addition to updates on eIDAS, there will be reports on the work of no fewer than six ongoing EU funded projects in the field:

  • EKSISTENZ
  • CREDENTIAL
  • FUTURETRUST
  • LIGHTest
  • ARIES
  • KONFIDO PROJECT

 

For more information and to register, visit the conference website here. A press release is available here.

ENISA’s Annual Privacy Forum (APF) is to be held in Vienna on the 7th and 8th June 2017, in collaboration with the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna. This year’s edition is organised in the light of the implementation of the newly promulgated General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and, the recent EC proposal for a Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications. Even the best legislative efforts face the challenge of keeping up to speed with the pace of innovative technology and business models that challenge the way personal data is processed and privacy is protected across the EU and beyond; therefore examining what is at stake and where threats thereto originate from becomes of paramount importance.

For more information visit this link.

The High Level Group of the Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) has published a new independent scientific opinion on cybersecurity in the Digital Single Market. At the request of the Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip, the scientific advisers make a number of recommendations to make it easier and safer for people and businesses to operate online in the EU. The opinion includes recommendations:

On making systems more secure, including by avoiding 'backdoors' that bypass normal authentication processes and by using state of the art standards for encryption. The opinion also recommends a duty of care principle towards consumers that ensures that systems are well maintained and reduces technical vulnerabilities in hardware and software.

On empowering users through 'context tailored' digital identities so that people are only asked for the data necessary to secure an online transaction and by giving people more choice and control over their data.

On strengthening Europe's strategically important cybersecurity industry, including by ensuring that people have the necessary skills.

On improving the coordination and sharing across Europe of information on cyber-incidents and ensuring adequate technical expertise in European bodies. The opinion also calls for a global cybersecurity governance framework, in which the EU would play a leading role.

More information can be found here.

On May 25th/26th, EKSISTENZ will join with the Porvoo Group for the EKSISTENZ Final Event, bringing together a wide range of speakers and topics with a focus on what comes next in relation to identity in this changing world. It will be hosted by Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale (AgID). The draft agenda can be downloaded here along with the official conference website here. The conference will consider how the various initiatives can support the movement towards having more mature and valuable interoperable identity schemes. The programme has been arranged by the Porvoo Group, and eForum representing the EKSISTENZ Project supported by EEMA.

A core focus of the Porvoo Group is keeping abreast of what the national representatives are doing in their own countries. Therefore, there will be updates from a variety of countries including Estonia, Belgium and Finland. Additional insights will be provided from outside the EU and there will also be a focus on how this experience can best be shared with the developing world and also, how the existing networks can strengthen their cooperation. In addition to updates on eIDAS, there will be reports on the work of no fewer than six ongoing EU funded projects in the field:

  • EKSISTENZ
  • CREDENTIAL
  • FUTURETRUST
  • LIGHTest
  • ARIES
  • KONFIDO PROJECT

 

For more information and to register, visit the conference website here.

On 7 March, eIDAS will run a webinar on eID under eIDAS.

The Webinar will:

  • Align all actors on the meaning of being eIDAS compliant;
  • Update on the current eID eIDAS status in Member States;
  • Engage with the private sector by providing concrete examples and use cases;
  • Exchange knowledge about key technological trends impacting the field of electronic identification;
  • And identify the potential collaboration and synergies between the different stakeholders.

The webinar will be open to all stakeholders but it will be particularly relevant to the following actors:

  • eIDAS Member State representatives;
  • EC Policy representatives;
  • Identity providers;
  • Attributes providers;
  • And service providers.

More information can be found here.

On 8 March, Brussels will host an DG CNECT workshop entitled towards principles and guidance on eID interoperability for online platforms.

The one-day workshop will bring together representatives of online platforms, private and business platform users and other interested parties.

The workshop will:

  • Explain the context and the purpose of the initiative, as well as present the results of the online survey organised by the Commission on the topic;
  • Hear the views of the key stakeholder groups on how the use of eID online platforms can benefit them;
  • Showcase examples of the use of national eIDs by online platforms;
  • Collect ideas for a set of principles for eID interoperability.

 

Further information can be found here.

The next EKSISTENZ event will take place in Rome between 25-26 May.

It is to be a joint Porvoo Group-EKSISTENZ event. The event will take place in the AgID Building, Via Liszt 21, 00144, Rome. The venue is 400 metres from the Metro B station EUR PALASPORT.

Register for the event here.

A new European Commission proposal for a regulation on privacy and electronic communications is aiming at reinforcing trust and security in the Digital Single Market by updating the legal framework on ePrivacy.

The proposal posits:

  • Privacy rules apply to new players providing electronic communications services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Skype.
  • All people and businesses in the EU should enjoy the same level of protection of their electronic communications through this directly applicable regulation.
  • Privacy is guaranteed for communications content and metadata.
  • Once consent is given for communications data to be processed, telecoms operators should be given more opportunities to provide additional services and to develop their businesses.
  • The cookie provision will be streamlined.
  • Unsolicited electronic communications by emails, SMS and automated calling machines should be banned.
  • The enforcement of the confidentiality rules in the Regulation will be the responsibility of data protection authorities.

 

Further information on the proposal can be found here.

On 8 March, Brussels will host the Communication on Online Platforms and the Digital Single Market workshop towards principles and guidance on eID interoperability for online platforms.

To empower consumers and to safeguard principles of competition, consumer protection and data protection, the European Commission is promoting interoperability actions, including issuing principles and guidance on eID interoperability.

The workshop will:  explain the context and the purpose of the initiative; introduce the views of the key stakeholder groups on how the use of eID by online platforms can benefit them; showcase examples of the use of national eIDs by online platforms; and use a participatory approach to collect ideas for the principles of eID interoperability.

Further information on the workshop can be found here.

The Communication on Online Platforms and the Digital Single Market can be found here.

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