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Perceptions of trust in inter-operable e-ID cards in Europe

The European Union has been developing its policies on an inter-operable electronic ID card in order to facilitate freedom of movement for EU citizens. The proposed ID card would allow inter-operable use for all governmental services across all European countries and the system would hold personal information for all citizens in Europe.

The FIDIS (Future of Identity in the Information Society) project, which involves researchers from LSE, has launched a Europe-wide survey to investigate the perceptions of trust by EU citizens about an ID card. It aims to assess citizens' attitudes by asking about beliefs on topics such as security, privacy, convenience and trust in the government.

The attitudes of EU Citizens to ID cards vary widely from country to country. The idea of a Europe-wide ID is more accepted in countries where ID cards have already been introduced, such as Spain and Poland, whereas the idea has been met with disapproval in some countries with no ID card scheme, such as the UK.

In order to help shape policy in this important area of citizens' lives, the FIDIS project wants to make EU policymakers aware of the perceptions of EU citizens on whether and how their personal information is made available to other agencies and states.

The FIDIS project is a multidisciplinary and multinational Network of Excellence, integrating European expertise around a common set of research activities. The project aims to develop a deeper understanding of identity and identity management systems and contribute to a fairer information society in Europe. An LSE team won a prominent role in FIDIS in April 2004

To take the survey, offered in English, German, French, Spanish, Polish, Hungarian, Czech and Greek, see http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=431712121747| to take the survey.

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FIDIS (Future of Identity in the Information Society) is a project to be developed under the European Union's Framework 6 programme for Research and Development. An LSE team won a prominent role in FIDIS, the first of the European Commission's new Networks of Excellence to get started. James Backhouse and Peter Sommer of the Information Systems Integrity Group (ISIG) were founder members of the venture, which will run for 60 months from April 2004. Click here| for more information or see http://www.fidis.net/| 

posted 13 June 2006

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