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The digital wallet would securely store payment details and passwords as a single recognised identity, according to officials familiar the scheme. It will allow citizens from all 27 EU nations to log into local government websites or pay utility bills using their own unique login. The EU-wide application, which will be accessible through fingerprint or retina scanning, will also serve as a vault where users can store officials documents, such as driver’s licence.
Romanian MEP Cristian Terhes said the scheme was a sign the bloc is moving towards an illiberal superstate.
He told Express.co.uk: “Slowly but surely the European Union is copying and implementing the Chinese governmental style, transforming Europe, from a space of liberty and prosperity, in a huge concentration camp ran by eurocrats that, using a Big Brother centralised style system, want to micromanage and control every aspect of the life of the Europeans.”
Mr Terhes also raised security concerns, suggesting eurocrats should not be trusted with looking after vast amounts of private data belonging to EU citizens.
He added: “Besides huge risks for security penetration, the creation of a digital ID of every European under a single EU authority, which wants to ‘take care’ of our passwords, IDs, credit cards and other financial and personal data, is another step towards more control and less freedom in EU.
“The kleptocratic European bureaucracy simply cannot comprehend not accept that people have to be free and they know best what is good for themselves.”
The European Commission is expected to announce initial plans for the digital wallet scheme tomorrow, according to the Financial Times.
Using the scheme will not be compulsory but officials believe the creation of an extra-secure digital system will benefit citizens signing up.
It is just one of the plans eurocrats hope to use to offer more flexibility for post-pandemic life.
EU commissioner Thierry Breton, who is responsible for digital policy, earlier this year said: “The new digital ID will give every European the keys to their digital twin.”
Eurocrats will ensure a structural separation between data and companies to help protect users’ private information.
Firms will be prevented from using the confidential records for any other commercial activities, such as marketing campaigns.
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Brussels is working in member states to provide technical details for the rollout of the digital wallet, which could be fully operational in about a year.
The new system is part of a review of existing EU-wide electronic identification and comes after a consultation on the “drivers and barriers” for the deployment of a digital wallet.
The existing system has experiences low take-up with just 19 countries introducing digital IDs and not all of them compatible with one another.
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One concept devised for the new EU system will allow a person hiring a car to use the digital wallet to verify their identity, take payment and then receive a digital key so they can take the vehicle without the needing to wait in line at an airport.
The digital wallet would be “simple, secure and it will protect people online,” a source told the FT.
“People will also have the power to decide on how much information they give out while Google and others don’t let you decide what you’re giving away.”
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