The European Commission is proposing new legislation to ensure stronger privacy in electronic communications, while opening up new business opportunities. The measures will extend to all electronic communication providers. The intention is to create new possibilities to process communication data and reinforce trust and security in the Digital Single Market – a key objective of the Digital Single Market strategy.

17 November 2016

CPDP 2017

On 25-27 January 2017, Brussels will host CPDP 2017.

CPDP 2016 was a memorable event. The three-day conference included 80 workshops, panel discussions and special sessions and 343 speakers from academia, civil society and the pubic and private sectors.

And CPDP 2017 is set to a whole lot bigger!

If you would like to be involved in CPDP, click here.

An EKSISTENZ "community of practice" event will take place in Manchester between 14:00 and 17:00 on Thursday 1 December.

The event's agenda is:

14:00 – Welcome/Introduction; Dr Shaun Topham, University of Manchester

14:05 – “Anonymisation Decision-Making Framework”; Dr Elaine Mackey, University of Manchester

14.30 – Horizon2020 Projects FUTURETRUST and Lightest:  Demonstrating Implementations of the EU Trust Service Regulations; Jon Shamah, EEMA

14:55 – Latest Results of EU FP7 Project eCRIME; Tim Nissen, Trilateral

15:20 – A Comprehensive Framework for a Reliable eIdentity Ecosystem:  An Introduction to EU Horizon2020 project ARIES; Andrew Staniforth, Office of West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commission

15.45 – The Work of the Porvoo Group in Promoting a Trans-National, Interoperable eIdentity; Tuire Saaripuu, VRK (Finnish Population Register)

16:00 – Overview of EKSISTENZ:  An Innovative and Interoperable Set of Tools, Procedures, Methods and Processes that will Tackle Identity Theft in the EU; Alain Sroussi, Safran/Morpho, France

16.25 – Latest EKSISTENZ Results; Marek Tiits, Institute of Baltic Studies, Estonia

16:50 – Conclusions for the Day and Brief Introduction to the European Observatory on Identity Theft and eCrime; Dr Shaun Topham

The event will take place in Room F1 in the University of Manchester’s Renold Building. The venue is close to Manchester Piccadilly Station where trains from Manchester Airport and London arrive. Refer to the URLs below:


You can register for this free event here.

The Porvoo Group is an international cooperative network whose primary goal is to promote a trans-national, interoperable electronic identity based on PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) technology, smart cards and chip ID cards in order to help ensure secure public and private sector e-transactions in Europe.

The group also promotes the introduction of interoperable certificates and technical specifications, the mutual, cross-border acceptance of identification and authentication mechanisms, as well as cross-border, online access to administrative services.

As its name suggests, the Porvoo Group was established in the Finnish city of Porvoo in April 2002. Following the joint initiative by one of the eEurope Smart Card Charter chairmen and the Director General of the Finnish Population Register Centre, the founding meeting took place at Hotel Haikko Manor during the international conference held in conjunction with Public Identity Project of the Smart Card Charter operating under the eEurope 2002 programme.

The Group has seen constant expansion. The majority of its members represent their respective national authorities but representatives of the business community as well as the European Commission and the UN have also contributed to its work. At present, some 30 countries from Europe, North America and Asia have representatives in the Group. Porvoo Group conferences have been attended by more than 100 delegates.

Further information can be found here.

PRIPARE (Preparing Industry to Privacy-by-design by supporting its Application in REsearch) has just published privacy guidelines for smart cities and communities.

The can be found here.

The EKSISTENZ World eID and Cyber-Security workshop on the European Observatory on Identity Theft and eCrime (EOITEC) is set to go ahead on the morning of Tuesday 27 September.

The workshop will deliver a comprehensive update on European identity protection initiatives and act as the official launch of the EOITEC. The EOITEC will inform the citizen on methods, procedures and possibilities to recover his/her identity after theft, serve as a policy adviser to EU MSs and advance a common position on European identity protection. Further information on the workshop can be found here.

World eID and Cyber-Security – the world’s premier identity technologies conference – is part of Smart Security Week:  three security conferences, 180 speakers and 1 000 attendees in Marseille between 26-28 September. Further information on World eID and Cyber-Security can be found here. Further information on Smart Security Week can be found here.

And remember! 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)). Further information on the special registration rate can be found here.

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.