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EU Plans Digital ID Wallet for Post-Pandemic Life

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European Commissioner for Europe fit for the Digital Age Margrethe Vestager, speaking during a media conference at EU headquarters this week.

The proposed European Digital Identity Wallet is a smartphone app that would let users store electronic forms of identification and other official documents, such as drivers licenses, prescriptions, and school diplomas.

Credit: Stephanie Lecocq/AP

The European Union (EU) on Thursday announced plans for a post-pandemic smartphone application to enable EU residents to access services across the bloc.

Europeans would be able to store digital credentials such as driver's licenses, prescriptions, and school diplomas through the European Digital Identity Wallet, and access online and offline public/private services while keeping personal data secure.

The European Commission (EC) said the e-wallet would be available to all EU residents, although its use is not mandatory.

Dominant online platforms, however, would have to accept the wallet, in line with the EC's agenda to regulate big technology companies and their control over personal information.

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