ECCA has commenced a consultation process on the development of a framework to establish a proposal for a European student electronic identification (eID) credential. The main aim of this process is to obtain the views and opinions of potential stakeholders with regard to the requirements and potential benefits of a common European Student eID. It will also review and report on policies, strategies, surveys and outcomes of projects that focused on campus card and student identification.  The consultation outcome will provide an insight into the stakeholders’ vision with regard to their future needs and requirements of an eID credential, together with highlighting the challenges that may be encountered on route to its successful implementation.

The introduction of Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trusted Services (eIDAS) regulation N°910/2014 for electronic transactions within the EU was adopted in July 2014, and became effective on July 1, 2016. It ensures that people and businesses across all of the EU member states can use their own national electronic identification schemes (eIDs) to access public services in other EU countries where eIDs are available. The mandatory mutual recognition of national eIDs will apply from mid-2018.

Secure identification and authentication is now an essential element in the free-movement and mobility of students throughout Europe. The absence of a European student electronic identification (eID) credential is having a significant impact on the development of a strategy that promotes student mobility and access to student services across borders. The introduction of a student eID Credential (eIDAS compliant) will provide the required interoperability, security and authentication standards to overcome many of these obstacles, which are precluding students from using a campus card from their home Education Institution to provide secure cross-border identification and access to services in other member states.

The main objectives of the consultation process are:

(i)          Seek out and facilitate the involvement of all the potential stakeholders to obtain their views and opinions on the needs and requirements of a European Student eID Credential Vision.

(ii)         Agree on a proposal for the development of a European Student eID Credential Framework that provides secure and authenticated transfer of data and trusted identification of students across borders of the European member states; facilitating access to both academic and non-academic services regardless of the physical location of the education institution.

(iii)        Assist in the research of an innovation solution that supports student mobility and achieves mutual trust and recognition by Education Institutions; enhancing the development of data sharing, linking of various cultures and the transfer of knowledge and technology between institutions.

(iv)        Support service providers and particularly SME’s (Small Medium Enterprises) to benefit from the full potential of the EU market, by operating on a cross-border basis without facing obstacles in interactions with the education authorities.

(v)         Combine physical access use and electronic use of credential

Therefore, as a first step in this consultation process we need to gather information from all the potential stakeholders (Educational, Service Providers, Students, ECCA), to obtain their views and opinions on their future needs and requirements for a European Student eID Credential. In particular, it will be important to assess the requirements with regard to data integrity, protection, confidentiality, interoperability and services (both academic and non-academic) requirements. In addition, country specific issues and barriers including legal, technological and the economic viability of any potential solution, should be evaluated and quantified. This process, which will involve surveys, workshops and discussions groups, will aim to identify and agree on a proposal for the development of a European Student eID Credential Framework.

ECCA Research Team would appreciate all submissions and contributions on this consultation process from our membership and relevant stakeholders.

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European Campus Card Association 16th Annual Conference - May 27th – 29th 2018

The European Campus Card Association Conference 2018 will be hosted by Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands, from May 27th to 29th.

Presentations and workshops will be presented by expert speakers from across the world, in particular Europe and the US, covering a wide range of issues relating to campus cards and more.

The conference will also attract a number of leading card companies and technology developers, providing an insight into the current and future technology hardware and software systems.

In addition a tour of the Wageningen University campus card system will also take place.

Each year the annual ECCA conference provides a fantastic networking opportunity for all those that attend.

Conference rates for members are €230 and non-members are €290 (book by March 31st). 

We have also reserved a number of hotel rooms at the conference hotel, Reehorst Hotel in Ede, starting from only €76 B&B. Book direct with the hotel.

Conference Registration opens in January.

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Call for Presentations European Campus Card Association (ECCA) 2018 Conference

Call for Presentations

European Campus Card Association (ECCA) 2018 Conference

May 27th – 29th 2018, University of Wageningen, Netherlands

Devoted to innovative use of smart card and mobile contactless technologies, designed to improve the services offered within universities campuses, ECCA 2018 will accept presentations that offer attendees pioneering practices, real and sustainable solutions and a view on future trends.

Smart cards are essential building blocks for many applications and systems used in payment, content protection, transportation, student services, mobile and identification.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Background to the General Data Protection Regulation

The new regulation will create a unified approach to data protection across the EU. Currently, EU member states operate under their own national laws that reflect the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive. Although all members have been working towards the common goals set up by the Directive, however the process of implementing these goals was left up to each country to decide.

The GDPR comes into force on 25th May 2018 and will replace the existing Data Protection Act (DPA). This Regulation applies to data controllers or data processors that keep or process any information about living people, referred to as data subjects. If you are presently required to comply with the DPA then the GDPR will also apply.

The GDPR not only applies to organisations located within the EU but it will also apply to organisations located outside of the EU if they offer goods or services to, or monitor the behaviour of, EU data subjects. It applies to all companies processing and holding the personal data of data subjects residing in the European Union, regardless of the company’s location.

Compared to the current Directive, GDPR will capture many more overseas organisations. US tech companies should particularly take note as the provisions of GDPR have clearly been designed to capture them. Overseas organisations not established within the EU who are nevertheless caught by one or both of offering goods or services or monitoring tests must designate a representative within the EU as required by EU GDPR Article 27.

ColorID’s Identity Summit

ColorID has set the dates for the next Identity Summit on October 12th, hosted by our premier customer: Northwestern University & the Kellogg School of Management. This summit will be a content rich, interactive format with a panel discussion on insights and visions from the current & future state of our industry. Sign up today and network with your institutional brethren and industry experts on how to create your identity roadmap on campus. This exclusive event will be a single day experience beginning at 9:00AM and concluding at 4:00PM. To our delight space is filling up quickly; register ASAP so you won’t miss out on this terrific event!

About Us

The mission of the association is to assist the institutions of higher education in the Member States of the European Union and other European Countries to implement and operate campus card programmes by facilitating information exchange, by developing European standards where appropriate and by acting as a forum for interaction between the institutions and other agencies with an interest in campus card applications in Higher Education.


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