Jumio is trying to educate people about Europe’s eIDAS regulations with the release of a new e-book that details some of the technologies being used to bring digital IDs to the public. The e-book – aptly named The eIDAS Primer – also explores some of the potential applications of eIDs, and the benefits they have for European businesses and consumers.
eIDAS refers to electronic Identification, Authentication, and trust Services. The law governs digital transactions within the European Union, and establishes a framework that allows businesses in one country to recognize (and trust) eIDs issued in another.
In doing so, eIDAS facilitates cross-border e-commerce, and creates a stable legal environment, with predictable technology and compliance requirements. The law promotes interoperability between the EU’s various member states, and essentially turns the EU into a Digital Single Market where institutions can accept many different kinds of electronic documents.
Jumio’s e-book explains how eIDs work, covering the different kinds of eIDs that governments can choose from, and then describing how those documents are issued to the public. It also describes some of the supporting technologies that allow people to verify the authenticity of eIDs when doing business. Examples include electronic signatures, electronic seals, time stamps, electronic delivery services, and website authentication.
According to Jumio, eIDAS is important because it makes eIDs as trustworthy as more traditional paper documents, and allows European citizens to use a national eID to gain access to public services both at home and in other EU member states. Jumio itself is best known for providing remote onboarding and authentication services that enable safe digital transactions.
The eIDAS Primer arrives several months after a separate innovation e-book aimed at helping older banks to keep pace with their younger digital challengers. Jumio published another e-book to help organizations achieve GDPR compliance all the way back in 2018.
June 7, 2021 – by Eric Weiss