Kantara Initiative and EEMA Sign Memorandum of Understanding at ISSE Innovation Expo


Organizations to Work Together to Promote Trusted, Privacy-respecting Digital Identity and Personal Data Ecosystems to Support the Digital Economy

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – November 16, 2016 — Kantara Initiative and the European Association for E-identity and Security (EEMA) announced today that they executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at a signing ceremony at the Information Security Solutions Europe (ISSE) “Securing Future European Business” Innovation Expo in Paris today.

The MOU will enable member collaboration and knowledge sharing by bringing together the complementary strengths that each organization has developed for the betterment of the Digital Economy. Both non-profit industry organizations are leaders in their respective technical and market niches. Kantara develops innovative Trust Framework components and programs in the identity and personal data management space for digital identity transformation. EEMA is the leading independent not for profit, European think tank focusing on identification, authentication, privacy, risk management, cyber security, the Internet of Things and mobile applications.

“Both organizations share much in terms of goals, purpose and intent, with EEMA focused on the networking, research and project aspects and Kantara focused on the innovation, development and program implementation aspects” said Jon Shamah, chair, EEMA. “Deepening the relationship between Kantara and EEMA will aid in the continued drive toward the common goal of developing and supporting the creation of trusted, more privacy-respecting identity and personal data ecosystems to support the digital economy.”

Kantara and EEMA to Work Together
The purpose of the MOU is to formally recognize the existing common aims and juxtapositions of the two organizations as well as to be supportive of each other for mutual and wider collective benefit. The two groups will share relevant market, research and technical information, and other content that each organization would otherwise provide only to its own members and/or participants, and will participate in each other’s working groups and committees. Also, Kantara and EEMA will carry out additional cross-organization outreach, initiatives and activities that may be agreed to in future.

“EEMA’s reputation for networking and engagement can be leveraged with Kantara’s service programs and development platform. It makes sense for EEMA and Kantara — and for our communities and strategic alliances — to work together toward our shared goals,” said Colin Wallis, executive director, Kantara Initiative. “Collaboration is already a key aspect of Kantara’s work. There are real synergies to be derived from playing to our respective strengths while maintaining our own brand and organization culture, to better serve the citizens of Europe.”

About EEMA
Brussels-based EEMA, is the leading independent European think tank focusing on identification, authentication, privacy, risk management, cyber security, the Internet of Things and mobile applications. EEMA’s world class conferences provide the forum to network with digital enterprise experts, high level EC and other government experts. Meanwhile, its series of high level fireside briefings in Brussels and London provide the ideal forum for industry leaders to tackle controversial hot topics in an intimate, invitation only setting.

Through collaboration with EU & Global Partners (including the creation and coordination of the
European Trust Foundation), EEMA has an established and growing network throughout Europe. This community provides the ideal platform to disseminate information and share expertise regarding the high-profile and significant EU projects EEMA is involved in. Visit eema.org for more information, or email: info@eema.org

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About Kantara Initiative
Kantara Initiative, Inc. provides real-world innovation and development of service programs for the digital identity and personal data ecosystems. Beyond its flagship Identity Assurance Trust Framework, developing initiatives including Identity Relationship Management, ground-breaking User Managed Access (EIC Award Winner for Innovation in Information Security 2014), Identities of Things, and the GDPR-ready Consent Receipt specification, Kantara Initiative connects a global, open, and transparent leadership community, including CA Technologies, Experian, ForgeRock, Digi.me, Internet Society, Nomura Research Institute, Radiant Logic and SecureKey. More information is available at https://kantarainitiative.org/.

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