reported that “European lawmakers are pushing to include guarantees of online anonymity in legislation creating a continentwide framework for digital identity.”  The October 11, 2022 article entitled “EU Lawmakers Push for Anonymity Assurances in Digital ID” included these comments:

The European Commission first proposed in 2021 a framework for a digital wallet housing a national digital identity accepted in all EU member states, to be used for any service requiring governmental ID. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called for the framework after decrying private sector identity providers such as Facebook and Google. 

“Every time an app or website asks us to create a new digital identity or to easily log on via a big platform, we have no idea what happens to our data in reality,” she said in September 2020 (see: EU to Unveil Digital Wallet App).

The latest step to making the framework a reality occurred Monday afternoon after the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs voted on a compromise proposal including language from left-leaning members. The committee approved the amended proposal by a 51-1 vote with four abstentions. One new clause specifies that, except where national law requires true identities, users should be able to remain pseudonymous online.

Please stay tuned how this evolves.