PwC Legal has advised certification service provider SK ID Solutions on a five-year concession contract with the Estonian Information System Authority to continue the Mobile-ID service.
"All previously issued Mobile-IDs will be valid until the end of their five-year validity period and it will be possible to use them for accessing all e-services," according to PwC Legal. "Due to the development work done at SK, applying for Mobile-ID will become much easier and faster from July 2 of this year, as it will no longer be necessary to activate the Mobile-ID on the police website."
Tallinn-headquartered SK ID Solutions specializes in international e-identity solutions. The company enables the citizens of different countries to log in to e-services and give legally binding electronic signatures. The company partners with the Estonian state in issuing certificates for national identity documents.
According to PwC Legal, in Estonia, there are currently over 251,000 Mobile-IDs that are used for completing an average of ten million operations each month.
"We have invested a lot into the security and sustainability of Mobile-ID," SK ID Solutions Board Member Liisa Lukin commented. "And we are proud to bring these updates to you already in July. In less than two months, all necessary steps and actions required for applying for Mobile-ID can be done on the self-service platforms of various mobile network operators. This will speed up and ease the process of getting Mobile-ID significantly. Additionally, it will be possible for people to own more than one Mobile-ID account in the future, similarly to Smart-ID."
"The parallel use of Mobile-ID, as well as the ID card, is very important for the state since having multiple identity authentication solutions helps to decrease possible risks," Estonian Information System Authority Deputy Director-General Joonas Heiter, added. "If something should happen to one of a person’s solutions and they are no longer able to use it, then having an alternative helps to guarantee that they can still access digital services without any issues, as well as give digital signatures, also within those national services that cannot be accessed via Smart-ID just yet."
The PwC Legal team was led by Partner Priit Latt and included Lawyer Gregor Saluveer.