The European Union (EU) has approved new regulations that will force Big Tech companies to include support for the new “Digital ID” system for the public.
The new EU Digital Identity Regulation (eIDAS 2) was approved by the EU Parliament’s Industry Committee.
The regulations were approved despite opposition from the Pirate group.
The new statute will introduce a digital identity app for public use.
The app will facilitate EU citizens’ “access to diverse digital services,” according to unelected Eurocrats.
Integrated into the app is support for a coming Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) and other documents such as vaccine passports.
Citizens will be required to hold a digital ID to make use of many of the services needed to participate in society.
Under the new regulations, members of the public will also need their digital identity to access online services such as social media and banking.
Companies both private and public will be forced to comply with the new regulations.
Big Tech giants such as Google, Facebook (Meta), and Twitter/X will be required by law to support “Digital ID” and other “online transactions.”
Lawmakers, IT security specialists, and scientists have recently criticized the EU’s push for the dystopian regulations.
Many have voiced their concerns about potential mass surveillance, which the EU claims is necessary for tackling so-called “disinformation.”
Nevertheless, the agreement was approved by the bloc’s top bureaucrats.
“This regulation is a blank cheque for surveillance of citizens online, endangering our privacy and security online,” states Patrick Breyer, a Pirate Party legislator.
Breyer believes the regulation allows our online identities to fall under the potential view of tech giants such as Facebook’s parent company Meta, undermining browser security and gradually trampling on our rights to access digital services anonymously.
Breyer argues that entrusting our digital lives to the government rather than Facebook or Google equates to moving from a “frying pan into the fire.”
He laments the missed opportunity for the EU to create a dependable structure for modernization and digitization and commits to scrutinizing the regulation’s implementation.
Critically, Breyer expresses concerns about the app becoming an open invitation to corner EU citizens in the digital world.
Browser manufacturers could be coerced into revealing our encrypted digital activities to the government, attacking our right to encrypted privacy.
This threat spans a potentially unsafe consolidation of personal data such as banking information, prescription details, and criminal records into an eID wallet that could be accessed via central databases, Breyer argues.
And while the regulations currently only apply to companies operating for citizens in the European Union, the bloc’s digital ID system is already expanding globally.
As Slay News recently reported, Canada’s government has just signed a deal with the EU to begin rolling out the new global “digital ID” system for the public.
In an announcement about the move, the Canadian government argues that the new digital identity system is required to fight so-called “disinformation.”
Canada’s Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a proponent of centralized control, has now finalized the controversial collaborative digital partnership with the EU.
This signing of the agreement exhibits a full commitment to the introduction of a digital identity system in Canada.
The government is pursuing the unpopular scheme, in part, under the guise of fighting online “disinformation.”
The deal aims to not only institute digital credentials for Canadians but also to bolster cooperation in the field of artificial intelligence (AI).
The contentious partnership insists on a joint effort from Canada and the EU to bolster their respective bilateral and multilateral cooperation in forums like the G7 and the G20.
The G20 is an influential globalist conglomerate of the world’s 19 major countries and the EU.
The group has been pushing for some time to roll out “digital public infrastructure” on a global level.
The plan forms part of the “digital public infrastructure” which is backed by the World Economic Forum, the Gates Foundation, and the United Nations (UN).
The G20, Gates, the WEF, the UN, and other advocates of the technology have all been pushing for the identity system to be linked to a centralized digital currency.