Electronic signatures and trust services are now valid throughout the EU.

EU rules on electronic signatures, electronic seals, time stamps, electronic delivery service and website authentication apply directly across the 28 Member States.

Cross-border digital transactions will be more convenient and more secure in the Digital Single Market. eIDAS Regulation has helped to create a European internal market for electronic trust services by ensuring they will work across borders and have the same legal status as traditional paper-based processes. Moreover, eIDAS Regulation introduces the principal of non-discrimination in the legal effects and admissibility of electronic documents in legal proceedings.

Further information can be found here.

The EIP-SCC has launched a Citizen-Centric Approach to Data (Privacy-by-Design).

The Approach centres around institutionalising the concepts of privacy in organisations making up the smart city value chain and integrating these concepts in the design of smart city systems and sub-systems.

The Approach will consder:

  • Privacy-by-design and default;
  • Privacy settings;
  • Data protection impact assessments;
  • And interaction with existing network and community.

And result in:

  • Advice on privacy-by-design and by-default for EIP-SCC from a citizen-focused viewpoint;
  • Advice on privacy settings for EIP-SCC from a citizen-focused viewpoint;
  • And a data protection assessment template for EIP-SCC systems with a citizen-focused viewpoint.

Further information can be found here.

The European Commission has signed an agreement with the cybersecurity industry to increase the number of measures for addressing cyber threats.

The public-private partnership is expected to generate 1.8 billion Euros of investment by 2020 and is part of a series of new initiatives to better equip Europe against cyber threats.

Further information can be found here.

EKSISTENZ is holding a workshop – “Progressing the European Observatory on Identity Theft” – at World e-ID and Cybersecurity 2016 on the morning of 27 September 2016.

The preliminary agenda of World e-ID and Cybersecurity 2016 can be found here.

The organisers are kindly offering a special World e-ID and Cybersecurity 2016 registration rate of 550 euros (excl. VAT) to all EKSISTENZ community members (the normal rate is 1 050 euros (excl. VAT)).

If you want to attend World e-ID and Cybersecurity 2016 and use the special registration rate, go to registration, select “EKSISTENZ and eCRIME offer with discount code” when on the first step of registration and then use the code WEIDC543GHQS2.

Hope to see you there!

EEMA has launched the European Trust Foundation.

The European Trust Foundation has been launched to encourage digital trust throughout Europe.

The foundation will use its global network of expertise to independently and transparently drive technical and commercial support towards projects, organisations and initiatives across the digital society.

Smart Security Week will celebrate innovation in trust technologies through the Smart Security Week Awards.

The three categories are:

  • Digital identity (e-ID, strong authentication, mobile ID, biometrics and so on);
  • M2M/IoT Security (HW and SW technologies and applications in verticals);
  • And security analytics (big data, machine learning, threat intelligence, behaviour analytics and so on).

Information on how to enter can be found here.

A large number of citizens have responded to the public consultation on the Evaluation and Review of the ePrivacy Directive.

The responses can be reached here.