Kantara Initiative Joins European Trust Foundation: Opens Channels For Its Members To Engage With the EU On Federated Digital Identity, Trust and Privacy


WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – April 4, 2017 — Kantara Initiative announced today that it joined the European Trust Foundation to help its non-European Union (EU) government and corporate members engage with Europe on pan-jurisdiction federated digital identity, trust and privacy initiatives.

Created and coordinated by EEMA, the Brussels-based European Trust Foundation is an independent collaboration between ten industry associations, to bring about stronger digital trust throughout Europe. It is open to any European (non-vendor) organization whose aim is to promote and encourage trusted digital services across Europe. The ten founding member associations are: EEMA, ESI, IDnext, LSEC, Norstella, Open Signature Initiative, PIMN, SSEDIC2020, TDL and Vendorcom.

Kantara is the leading global consortium improving trustworthy use of identity and personal data through innovation, standardization and good practice.  Kantara membership includes over 60 leading organizations and hundreds of participants, enterprises and businesses.

“The European Trust Foundation aims to provide a valuable service to Kantara members located outside of Europe by helping to streamline the engagement process with the EU,” said Colin Wallis, executive director, Kantara Initiative.  “The foundation and organizations like Kantara act as a ‘staging area’ to help expedite the process of gathering information and presenting a common voice for non-EU countries to approach and engage with the EU on eIDAS and GDPR.”

Chair of EEMA, Jon Shamah comments: “We are delighted to welcome the Kantara Initiative to the European Trust Foundation and value the important contribution it will make in strengthening digital trust across 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 specifications and conformity assessment programs for the digital identity and personal data ecosystems. Beyond its flagship eID-assisting Identity Assurance Trust Framework, developing initiatives including Identity Relationship Management, ground-breaking User Managed Access (EIC Award Winner for Innovation in Information Security 2014) baselined for GDPR, 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 and SecureKey. More information is available at https://kantarainitiative.org/.

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For further information:
Kantara Initiative, Inc:
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