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19.08.2014

DPA is participating on international project about protecting EU citizens` identities

IT company DPA will take part on international project "Harmonized framework allowing a sustainable and robust identity for European Citizens – EKSISTENZ”. Project will run for ar period 36 months until May 2017.

The major objective of EKSISTENZ is to protect EU citizens’ identities from all current threats but also to foresee what the future threats would be.

The project will study in deep the identity theft phenomenon in Europe, revealing the flaws in the different “paper-based” procedures but also in the new dematerialized processes, assess the threat for the citizen and consequently, will de-velop technological components, backward compatible with different existing Member State frameworks. EKSISTENZ will also focus on an “identity-as-a-service” approach, to allow Member State interoperability, leading to a more global system to provide secure and strong identity for all Member States.

To achieve this, the consortium will bring together different types of users involved in the iden-tity chain (authorities, industrials, stakeholders, businesses), specialized technology providers and of course, data protection and privacy experts from Latvia, Estonia, Belgium, Netherland, Italy, France, Germany and Spain.

By working together at a European level, the partners hope to achieve better results and contrib-ute to the European “Innovation Union” and help create employment opportunities and eco-nomic growth. By tackling the issue of identity theft in such a way, we hope to reduce barriers to competitiveness and respond to a key societal challenge which is affecting everybody’s everyday lives and jobs, making Europe a safer and more collaborative environment.

“DPA” responsibility in this project will be the prototype development, for example, for centralized stolen identity register, mobile solution for stolen identity recovery, as well as to provide the secondary identity usage in real-life services, such as banks and others.

About Personal identity:

Personal identity can be claimed in numerous different ways: in the physical world by means of documents, (e.g. identity cards, passports, driving licences, residence permits) and, in the virtual world by electronic credentials (e.g. username/password combinations, PINs codes, certificates, security tokens).

Due to this diversity of means, identity theft is also diverse, and ranges from forging citizens' identity documents, to stealing certificates or guessing passwords or PINs codes.

With the exponential growth in the use of digital identity over the Internet and across country borders, cyber crooks are taking over “classical” counterfeiters, making use of numerous tech-niques such as searching through recycled paper trash, phishing, scam email, spoofing and ex-ploiting key-loggers, viruses and trojans.

More info about project EKSISTENZ you can find on web.