Secure Digital Identities

Secure digital identities (SDI) are an essential driving force for the successful transition of business processes to the digital world. This applies to both the economy (e.g., conclusion of insurance contracts and opening of accounts online) and administration (in accordance with the German Online Access Act (OZG), administrative services provided by the German federal government and the German state governments must also be accessible digitally by the end of 2022). Fraunhofer AISEC’s research in this area focuses on not only identity solution security but also interoperability, privacy and usability. We support identity providers in implementing these objectives, researching and developing new methods to implement secure electronic identities.

Marian Margraf

Digital identities — a statement by our expert Marian Margraf for the German Federal Parliament’s Committee on Digital Affairs

On July 4, 2022, the Committee on Digital Affairs held a public hearing on “Digital identities” at the German Federal Parliament (Bundestag). Our expert Marian Margraf, Head of Secure Systems Engineering at Fraunhofer AISEC and Professor at Freie Universität Berlin, was invited to the event. He addressed in particular the use of the self-sovereign identity (SSI) principle in current solutions, for example in mobile end devices. In addition to the challenges presented by the widespread use of digital identities, he also outlined possible solutions for electronic trust services that are both secure and socially accepted. This blog article is an abridged transcript of his statement.

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