Secure electronic identification (eID) is one of the key enablers of data protection, privacy and the prevention of online fraud, especially in new areas of application, like Smart Cities, where incorporating real identities into trustable infrastructures has a huge potential.
eID can guarantee the unambiguous identification of a person and make it possible to get the service delivered to the person who is really entitled to it. The Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services (eIDAS) Regulation provides a solution to European Member States for recognizing and accepting eIDs issued in other Member States.
Technical specifications and reference implementations of the interoperability nodes for the eID mechanisms were published as open source on 26th November 2015 for the technological infrastructure under Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) program.
The ultimate goal is to offer the possibility to EU citizens to use their national eID in other EU countries when accessing public and private services online.
The FIWARE identity - eIDAS authentication module that this GE offers allows CEF eID transnational authentication of EU citizens by means of their national eID in FIWARE based OAuth2 authentication domains.
Thus, every service deployed according FIWARE security basis, is now accessible by european citizens using their eID and in a transparent way for service providers.