The European Union could present today its plan for the elaboration of a ‘digital wallet‘(‘ digital wallet ‘, in English) in which all citizens can save information such as your identity document, your payment details and your passwords safely, according to the ‘Financial Times’. This service, which will take the form of an application, will allow citizens of the 27 countries to log in to the your local government websites or pay utility bills using a single recognized identity, according to statements from people with direct knowledge of the plans consulted by the media.
Access to the ‘app’ will be possible through the use of the user’s fingerprint or a retina scanner, among other methods. Likewise, the tool will serve as a space in which citizens can store official documents, such as a driving license. Its use will not be mandatory, but those who choose to register will benefit from “a more secure digital ecosystem and greater flexibility when it comes to handling your information, ideal for life after a pandemic, ”according to the Financial Times.
To protect security, the EU will force a structural division in its operation, so that external companies – including large technology companies – do not have access to user data for functions such as developing marketing campaigns. At the moment, Brussels is participating in discussions with member states to provide guidelines on technical standards for the deployment of the tool, which expected to be fully operational in about a year.
The European Union hopes that the increase in digital knowledge in citizens caused by the Covid-19 pandemic will help the tool have a good acceptance. When available, the user could use the ‘app’, for example, so that an user You can rent a car remotely or hire any type of service at European level through the internet.
According to the sources consulted by the Financial Times, the tool will be “simple, secure and will protect people online.” Likewise, its users “will also have the power to decide how much information they provide, while Google and others do not allow you to decide what you are giving away.”