Overcoming the limitation on the use of blockchain for digital identity and electronic signatures in Spain2 min read

The Council of Ministers has reached an agreement to develop what is established in Law 39/2015 regarding the inadmissibility of identification systems based on distributed ledger technologies that are not subject to specific regulation by the State within the framework of EU law.

The Spanish government has agreed to publish measures to consider a system of identification and signature valid for individuals in the scope of public administrations, through a credential incorporated into a digital wallet, whose verification is carried out by means of a distributed ledger technology (DLT) system based on the “European Blockchain Services Infrastructure” (EBSI). This measure has been taken within the context of European projects related to the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 as regards the establishment of a Framework for European Digital Identity (future eIDAS 2 Regulation).

Likewise, in accordance with the provisions of Article 28.3 of the Regulation on the Performance and Functioning of the Public Sector through Electronic Means and in application of the aforementioned first provision of the sixth additional provision of Law 39/2015, dated October 1, a system of identification and signature of individuals may be considered valid by means of a credential whose verification is carried out through a distributed ledger technology system incorporated into the Spanish digital wallet, for use in the cases of the European Digital Credentials For Europe (DC4EU) Consortium within the new framework of European digital identity being developed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, in compliance with Component 11 of the Recovery, Transformation, and Resilience Plan.

In the cases provided for in the two previous paragraphs, the credential(s) must comply with the provisions of the National Security Scheme and must contain, at a minimum, the first and last name and the National Identity Document number, Foreigner Identification Number, or Tax Identification Number.

This step represents progress in the acceptance of blockchain technology as a valid identification and signature system within the public administrations of the Spanish territory.

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2023-07-05T11:07:16+02:005 de July de 2023|Public sector|
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