- What does STORK stand for?
- What is it all about?
- Who is involved?
- What benefits does STORK bring to eGovernment?
- What is unique about STORK?
- What is the project funding?
- Will my private information remain private?
- What eID pilots are included in STORK?
- How can EU Member States not currently involved take up?
- How can Service providers take up?
- How can users take up?
- In what technologies are STORK connectors available?
- Why doesn't STORK use user based technologies, like InfoCard, PrimeLife, etc.?
- How can I find out more information and stay updated?
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.
The project includes 18 countries, with a total of 35 consortium partners. The consortium is a mix of public and private sector organisations.
- 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;
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.
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.
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.
STORK has tested cross-border services in six areas:
- A demonstrator showing that Cross-border Electronic Services can operate in a number of Member States. The applications include national portals from Austria (www.meinhelp.gv.at), from Estonia (www.eesti.ee), from Germany (abnahme.service-bw.de), from Portugal (https://www.portaldocidadao.pt/Portal/AltMorada) and a specific service for compliance activities for working in Belgium (www.limosa.be).
- SaferChat, which allows teenagers to share a secure chat between each other and with their professors. The applications include chat portals from Austria and Iceland.
- Student Mobility, to help people who want to study in different Member States, which includes portals of the Austrian University of Graz, Estonian inscription portal for six universities SAIS, the Universities of Castellón, Tarragona, Barcelona, Alicante, Santiago de Compostela, Murcia, Granada and León in Spain, Politecnico di Torino (Polito) in Italy and Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Portugal;
- Electronic Delivery, to develop cross-border mechanisms for secure online delivery of documents in Austria, Estonia and Slovenia;
- Change of Address, to assist people moving across EU borders, notifying such change of address to the authorities in their new country as well as their home country in Estonia, Spain, Portugal Sweden and Slovenia.
- ECAS (European Commission Authentication Service), starting with the CIRCABC application and soon to extend to other applications.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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