There are two new ideas roaming about Europe: that of sophisticated electronic ID cards, (eID), and that of a more secure digital communication, (De-mail). These were discussed during the “Boosting the Single Market Through Next Generation eServices” Conference, here in Malmo, today.
Electronic ID cards have three additional features: embedded fingerprints, a PIN code, and an electronic signature. These cards are already in use in Belgium and other developed European countries, but it has yet to be accepted by all. The advantages of eID is that it enables the possibility to sign electronic documents with a legal signature and it is less likely to be forged.
As for “De-mail”, the object is to create a more reliable means of communication. The concept is the same as regular e-mailing, but “it is as safe as messages on paper”, says Martin Schallbruch, Deputy Chief Information Officer of Federal Government Germany. The confidentiality rate is higher, and there is even legal certainty, because the Government and the business community define the framework.