Originally from Germany, Gabi came over to the Netherlands to work for the university and stayed ever since. She travels frequently for business purposes, all over the world. Thinking back on her move to the Netherlands she says: “It was not really complicated to move over between countries, but it was a lot of work, I remember. A sequence of forms that needed to be filled in and traveling back and forth to visit counters of authorities and companies. That not much has really changed in that matter I noticed recently, when I needed a new passport. I am a German citizen and to my surprise, I needed to deliver the application form, birth certificate, old passport, GBR certificate, marriage license, PhD certificate, and fingerprints personally. When I went there again to pick up the passport, due to the manual processing of the data there was a typing error in my document, making it unusable. In total, I made four trips to Amsterdam, a round trip of 3 hours each time and all in all it was a process that took almost 4 months.
Secure online identification opens a world of possibilities.
Avoiding mistakes and speeding up processes is just one of the benefits I see in eIDAS,” Gabi tells us. Security is an important issue as well. When you look at private organizations like insurance companies, banks, employers and so on, they all store delicate personal information. During my last business trip my credit card appeared to be blocked because of a fraud. From abroad I was able to arrange that I could use it again, but limited, because of identification issues. With a proven safe, guaranteed international eID, such hassle would be strongly reduced or even disappear. You would have constant access to safe means of payment and doors would open to a world of fast, easy and effective online international transactions.