On December 7th 2017, Italy took an important step by pre-notifying SPID (Sistema Pubblico per la gestione dell’Identità Digitale), its private sector led electronic identification (eID) scheme, to the European Commission. The pre-notification of SPID covers 8 eID service providers, including 3 providers that issue eID means up to level of assurance “high”.
This fact is a noteworthy event in a process that will enable Italian citizens and business to use their SPID credentials to access public services in other Member States.
Italy is the second Member State to pre-notify its national eID scheme, following Germany’s notification which was completed last September.
This notification is significant, because it is the first national eID scheme to be notified under the eIDAS regulation that is led by the private sector.
Following the Italian pre-notification, the other Member States participating in the Cooperation Network will be able to peer-review SPID, if they wish so, and the actual notification of the eID scheme will then follow. After publication of the notification by the European Commission, other Member States have to recognise SPID eIDs at the latest 12 months after the publication.
eIDAS regulation aims to provide a predictable regulatory environment to enable secure and seamless electronic interactions between businesses, citizens and public authorities along the EU. The regulation ensures that people and businesses can use their own eID to access public services in other EU countries where eIDs are available.
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