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What does STORK stand for?
The full title of the project is: Secure idenTity acrOss boRders linKed


What is it all about?
The STORK project makes it easier for citizens to access online public services across borders by implementing Europe-wide interoperable cross border platforms for the mutual recognition of national electronic identity (eID) between participating countries. It will do so by:
  • developing common rules and specifications to assist for the mutual recognition of eIDs across national borders;
  • testing with real users, in real life environments (pilots), secure and easy-to-use eID solutions for citizens and businesses;
  • interacting with other EU initiatives to maximise the usefulness and the reutilisation of eID services.
STORK has focused on pragmatic eID interoperability solutions, implementing several pilot cross-border eID services chosen for their high impact on everyday life.
Who is involved?
The project includes 18 countries, with a total of 35 consortium partners. The consortium is a mix of public and private sector organisations.
What benefits does STORK bring to eGovernment?
  • People will be able to authenticate themselves securely and easily to access online Government services across Europe, using their national eID system;
  • The secure access to administrative formalities will make easier to move, live and work in different EU countries;
  • People will be able to use cross-border services over the Internet without the need to visit the country in advance;
  • The security of on-line transactions will be strengthened through increased use of eID services to authenticate users;
  • Secure interoperable eID authentication will encourage the growth of online services;
  • Common specifications at EU level will reduce the costs of implementing eID services;
  • Interoperable eID authentication is a key enabler for the EU Services Directive and Digital Agenda, helping Member States to set up single points of contact for access to Government services;
What is unique about STORK?
STORK provides a focal point for electronic identity initiatives in the EU, both nationally and internationally, and brings together not only participating countries but an even wider audience through its Member State Reference Group and Industry Forum.
What is the project funding?
The project budget has been 20.000.000 Euros over the three and half years time life, 50% of which was funded by the European Commission as part of its Competitiveness and Innovation Programme.
Will my private information remain private?
STORK follows a user centric approach, which means that the user is always in control of which data he is sending to which site. Without his/her active collaboration and consent none of his/her data is sent anywhere. The cross border platforms do not store any personal data, they just pass messages and are fully compliant with data protection regulations ant national and European level . Throughout the project, steps have been taken to ensure that only the minimal amount of data transfer and processing is completed, and that rights to access, correct and ultimately delete personal data are maintained in line with Data Protection regulations.
What eID pilots are included in STORK?
STORK has tested cross-border services in six areas:The pilots are running on a very flexible basis, with different Member States involved in each case, although trying to admit as many foreign credentials as possible. An overall evaluation work package will provide consistency for the assessment of pilot results.
How can EU Member States not currently involved take up?
In the packages section of the STORK website there is a Member State package meant to facilitate new EU / EES Member States to be STORK enabled Member States. The first document you should read is the introduction.
How can Service providers take up?
If you are located in one of the STORK enabled Member States, please contact with the STORK authority in your country. You can also start experimenting with STORK after downloading the Integration package for your country in your technology.
How can users take up?
If you have credentials of a STORK Member State, you can access one of the pilot services and use your credential there to use the service.
In what technologies are STORK connectors available?
One of the principles of the project has been to design and deploy a solution based on open source and technologically neutral technologies to allow for an easy integration of Member States and business in the future. Therefore, STORK core technologies are based on Java and SAML2.0 federation of identities. For Service Providers also php and .net technologies are supported.
Why doesn't STORK use user based technologies, like InfoCard, PrimeLife, etc.?
The data delivered by STORK are guaranteed the official data. Any manipulation in a user’s PC would invalidate the signature, and break the guarantee.
How can I find out more information and stay updated?
Our website (http://www.eid-stork.eu) provides up-to-date information on STORK. It also allows you to subscribe to our newsletter.
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