Guide: How to make your digital identity portable?

Introduction

Under new regulation, EU citizens have the right to digitally interact with their governments. This means that all EU governments need to transition their (analog) attributes to a digital counterpart. This applies for Personal ID providers, like IDs, driving licenses and so on. But also for all other governmental authentic sources, like the Land Registry, the Social Service and so on. 

All EU Citizens will have the right to EUDI Wallet. But how do you make sure that after onboarding, you can stay logged in, without compromising your safety and privacy?

There are a couple of options:

  1. Software token: You can store your private information in a software token. The problem is that it is not really secure and can be compromised. Therefore it will not be certified on the highest level, and thus you cannot login at your government in the near future.
  2. Hardware token: This is the safest option. By storing your information in an encrypted physical token you enjoy the highest security. But you need to carry it with you all the time which is a hassle, plus you could lose it. 
  3. Internal phone chip: This could be an option, except it misses the right certification. The second problem is that as it is in your phone, in case it gets compromised, all phones of the same type are not safe anymore. 

So the most ideal solution would be a hardware token that is always accessible but you do not have to take it with you. That is why ubiqu introduced the Remote Secure Element. You can upload your personal data to this element and access it any time you want. This way you can conduct notary worthy actions, with the simplicity of a PIN code. 

Maarten de Boo