Major objections House of Representatives against European digital identity number

The House of Representatives has major objections to the European Commissions plan to give all EU citizens a European digital identity (eID) linked to a European personal number.

A motion by the ChristenUnie in which the Dutch parliament explicitly mentions the objections and concerns against such a song was supported by most groups. They find the risk of data theft and privacy violations too great.

The Chamber wants a guarantee that citizens data and documents are not centrally stored in a European system. There must also be a guarantee that citizens can never be forced to use the eID and that when they do, only the information that is necessary is shown.

Instead of a central European system, the House wants to make agreements about how countries can use each others systems when their citizens need it. The Chamber believes that the software used for this should never come into the hands of big tech or other private parties.

Minister Adriaansens of Economic Affairs and State Secretary Van Huffelen of Digitization previously informed the House that they are also against such a personal number.

The cabinet wants to stick to the Dutch Digids and Social Security numbers, and make them suitable for broad use abroad. The cabinet also wants to do this step by step instead of switching to a new system in one fell swoop.

But the Netherlands is in the minority with its objections. Adriaansens and Van Huffelen see the motion of the House as support and promise to convey the message at the Telecom Council of European countries. It will take place tomorrow in Strasbourg.