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Is Europe Ready for a Pan-European Identity Management System?
July-Aug. 2012 (vol. 10 no. 4)
pp. 44-49
Sergio Sánchez García, Technical University of Madrid
Ana Gómez Oliva, Technical University of Madrid
Emilia Pérez-Belleboni, Technical University of Madrid
European public administrations must manage citizens' digital identities, particularly considering interoperability among different countries. Owing to the diversity of electronic identity management (eIDM) systems, when users of one such system seek to communicate with governments using a different system, both systems must be linked and understand each other. To achieve this, the European Union is working on an interoperability framework. This article provides an overview of eIDM systems' current state at a pan-European level. It identifies and analyzes issues on which agreement exists, as well as those that aren't yet resolved and are preventing the adoption of a large-scale model.

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Index Terms:
Europe,Authentication,Identity management systems,Privacy,Government policies,Digital systems,privacy,electronic identify management system,eIDM,identify management,authentication,transborder data flow,distributed objects,data mapping,computer security
Citation:
Sergio Sánchez García, Ana Gómez Oliva, Emilia Pérez-Belleboni, "Is Europe Ready for a Pan-European Identity Management System?," IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 44-49, July-Aug. 2012, doi:10.1109/MSP.2012.58
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