Follow-up letter from Executive Vice-President Vestager
On 25 March 2022, Executive Vice-President sent a letter identifying main actions to be undertaken in relation to the issues raised in the CoR opinion.
The cybersecurity of the European Digital Identity is seen as a key concern to the Commission. It is proposed that the European Digital Identity Wallet will be developed at the highest available level of security and assurance. This includes strong precautions to protect personal data and identity data, for instance through data separation and the prohibition to store and combine certain data. In order to protect effectively against cyber-attacks, the Commission has proposed cybersecurity certification for the relevant parts of the wallet. Close cooperation with Member States' experts and the EU's cybersecurity agency has been established to develop a technical framework that will be able to resist relevant security threats.
In addition, the Commission considers the swift implementation of the European Digital Identity an important policy priority. In order to ensure quick deployment, a possible technical architecture and reference framework is being developed together with Member States on the basis of a recommendation by the Commission and will be updated against the results of the legislative process. It is planned to test the future system in large-scale pilots and to offer a prototype wallet to Member States for this purpose.