Digital identity: the CNNum wants to “support the effort already launched by the government”

Digital identity: the CNNum wants to "support the effort already launched by the government" Cybersecurity

“I want to clarify for everyone: there is no question of using France Connect to check the age of Internet users who connect to pornographic sites.” Secretary of State Cédric O preferred to discard the news as soon as he spoke, when the CNNum report was delivered. The Senate recently passed a bill obliging pornographic sites to strengthen age controls for the protection of minors, but the mission of the CNNum which has been working since July 2019 on the subject of digital identity has not been concerned of this aspect.

Once porn has been set aside, we can look at the recommendations of the CNNum, which first argues for the establishment of an inclusive digital identity: “the first recommendation we make is to promote solutions inclusive and accessible. Above all, digital identity issues must be considered as part of a public service logic, “said Karine Dognin Sauze, member of the CNNum and rapporteur for the study on digital identities.

The other axes of the report relate to the educational effort necessary with citizens to foster confidence in the new identification tools: the distrust aroused by StopCovid is obviously at the top, just like that caused by the revelation of the project Alicem in 2019. A third axis also relates to transparency and governance, while a fourth axis relates to commitment to security and sovereignty. Around these major themes, the CNNum lists 35 recommendations on various aspects.

The Council report does not question the approach chosen by the government. As the rapporteur underlines, “these different recommendations aim rather to support the effort already started by the government”. The CNNum insists on certain aspects: the council therefore recommends to the legislator to consider “an orientation law defining the digital identity and its purposes” (see recommendation n ° 21), the creation of a Monitoring and Management Commission digital identities (cf. recommendation n ° 17) or more generally an effort on governance in order to set up democratic safeguards in the control bodies, aiming to ensure that the citizen can have a voice in the chapter.

Alicem in 2020… if all goes well

The emerging vision therefore echoes that already given by the government: the CNNUm favors the establishment of an ecosystem of “digital identity providers”, public / private actors supervised by the State (cf. recommendation n ° 19). The CNNum also recommends offering a “French-style” digital identity, notably by strengthening the presence of French institutions within standardization and standardization bodies (see recommendation n ° 24).

The submission of the report was also an opportunity to recall the schedule for the projects of the interdepartmental mission on digital identity. Virginie Peneau, director of the program, assured that the Alicem solution, which intends to provide a facial recognition tool compatible with France Connect, was still aiming for availability for the start of the 2020 academic year, “provided that the ongoing audits do not continue” . The deployment of the digital identity card, planned under the European EIDAS regulation, still expects a deployment from August 2021.


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