The official legal definition of Italy’s upcoming eID system was published on Tuesday 9 December in the Gazzetta Ufficiale. The text specifies the systems characteristics and stipulates when it should be implemented by the country’s public administrations.
The new Public System for Digital Identity Management (SPID, Sistema Pubblico per la gestione dell'Identità Digitale di cittadini e imprese) will provide acces to offer e-government services to citizens and companies alike. Italy aims to have the system used by ten million users in 2017.
The publication marks a milestone in Italy’s Digital Agenda, notes Agenzia per l'Italia Digitale (AGID). SPID should be implemented by public administrations, but can also be used for commercial services, AGID writes. The agency is responsible for the accreditation of SPID implementations.
SPID will be interoperable with other European eID systems, AGID writes. The solution will be based on the OASIS SAML standard for exchanging authentication and authorization. This standard is used for the European STORK eID project, aiming to develop a common eID infrastructure across the European Union.
On its website, AGID provides answers to a wide range of questions on SPID and its implementation. The new eID system will work on multiple computing platforms - it can be combined with PCs, smartphones and tablets, the agency explains. ”Citizens will be free to choose and change eID solutions.” Along with making it easier to access e-government services, the Italian government expects that SPID will reduce IT cost for public administrations, as it will be offered to them free of charge.
SPID in Italy’s Official Gazette no. 285 of December 9, 2014
Announcement by AGID (in Italian)
About the SPID architecture (in Italian)
Cor Com news item (in Italian)
Punto Informatico news item (in Italian)