Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The proposed digital signature is relaunched

When a user connects to his voicemail at his social network, then to online shopping and online banking, it must often decline whenever a password or even prove his identity. Why not have a single numeric identifier, serving as a passport for all journeys on the net and also offer access more secure than simple password? The French government defends the initiative.

Eric Besson, Minister of the digital economy, has laid the groundwork for Tuesday, May 31, by signing an agreement with four partners: Swiss Post, Vodafone, Orange and the French Banking Federation. In fact, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet who opened the issue of "digital identity" and spoke of the project, dubbed "IDéNum" in February 2010 when she was Secretary of State for the digital economy.

Over a year later, the former immigration minister therefore takes the torch. "Nine out of ten Internet users have already made an administrative procedure on the Internet. More than 80% have purchased online. And more than four out of six regularly visit social networking," says Besson.

"On average, he adds, a French digital has twelve separate accounts on the Web." In this context, the government advocates the creation of a digital identity certificate. It could be stored on physical media - a USB key or a telephone SIM card. To give substance to this project, four national partners were brought together in a consortium in the spirit of the GIE cards.

All praise their qualities of "trusted third party". And Jean-Paul Bailly, CEO of La Poste, the trust relationship between his institution and the French is well established. He justified his appointment by the will of the Post Office to find its place in a world transformed by the Net.

With one hand, a volume of mail that is eroding and the other a volume of parcels up with e-commerce. And quote service Digipost mailbox secure digital, which attracted 50 000 individuals. The outstanding issues SFR describes his project of dematerialization of taking subscription-based distribution of a digital identity certificate being rolled out in its 800 branches.

A certificate stored on the SIM card of mobile phone. A shared approach by Orange. As for the French Banking Federation, said it all the more inclined to play a role in the creation of a "trusted digital space" she has a legal obligation to identify their customers. Still, many issues are still pending.

In particular, instead of the certificate of identity private while the government board, in parallel, the electronic national identity card. There is also the question of the role of this national initiative in an ongoing debate at European level but also its economic model. Mr. Besson has estimated the cost of digital identity to 12 euros per year per user, to be distributed between stakeholders.

The Minister asked the Deposit to pilot a study commissioned from McKinsey. This firm has recently studied on behalf of Google, the Internet's impact on the French economy. Mr. Besson was awaiting the findings in three months for a deployment IDéNum end of 2011. Article published in the edition of 02.06.11

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