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Parliamentary questions
6 December 2010
E-010124/2010
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Licia Ronzulli (PPE)

 Subject: Digital identity in Europe
 Answer(s) 

A Commission document dating back to 2003 (Directive 2003/98/EC) maintained that digital literacy is a sine qua non‑for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. It stressed the importance of the Internet and web services, which are expanding and evolving all the time.

Modern wireless technologies enable Internet access networks to be set up not just within the confines of, say, homes and offices, but also in open spaces or public places. The number of wireless networks in Europe is continuing to rise, but the position in the 27 Member States differs greatly from one case to the next.

In 2005, following the terrorist attacks in London, many Member States took steps to restrict Internet access. These rules, initially described — more often than not — as temporary, have been extended over the years to the point of becoming permanent.

In the light of the foregoing, does not the Commission think that it should support measures aimed at establishing a digital identity in Europe that would do away with distinctions between countries?

Will the Commission revise the European directives on e-privacy, data retention, and the electronic signature?

Original language of question: ITOJ C 265 E, 09/09/2011
Last updated: 7 December 2010Legal notice