What is eIDAS | eHerkenning?
eIDAS is the EU-standard for electronic identification, which is implemented via domestic eID schemes in Europe. In The Netherlands, the domestic scheme for eID transactions is called eHerkenning. Via iWelcome’s eHerkenning services organisations provide a generic login to their online services for Dutch organisations with eHerkenning accounts and EU-citizens that comply to the eIDAS standard.
eHerkenning: The Dutch eID scheme
eHerkenning is a standardised digital login system allowing government institutions, healthcare institutions, insurers and other commercial organisations to securely make their online services accessible to companies, civil servants and consumers. Users log in to a web service using their eHerkenning token, which allows them to manage their digital affairs. The eHerkenning scheme will then check whether the person who is using the service is actually who he or she claims to be and whether this person is authorised to act.
Why is eHerkenning a huge success?
Formerly, government organisations used a variety of parallel authentication and authorisation solutions. This yielded a multiple set of digital keys and caused poor user experience. The ensuing weak user adoption stunted the growth of eBusiness and eGovernment.
With eHerkenning, each business is issued with a single login token that can be used for various services. Thus, the multiple set of digital keys is replaced with one digital ‘master key’. This will accelerate adoption, since user habits are formed by reusing the same authentication mechanism for various online services.
iWelcome: 70% of all eHerkenning transactions
iWelcome is the main broker for eHerkenning services in the Netherlands. Amongst others a variety of Dutch ministries, large municipalities, the Tax Authorities and the Dutch Chamber of Commerce use iWelcome’s trustworthy eHerkenning services.