The European Commission has launched a consultation into e-Signatures and e-Identification.
The Commission said the consultation was intended to address "low levels of consumer and business confidence in online transactions" in a statement on Friday. The Commission did not offer any empirical evidence of flagging consumer confidence.
"I welcome everybody's views on how we can best verify people's identities and signatures when we buy, sell or undertake administrative procedures online that need to be highly secure," said digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes. "I want to help all Europeans get online without feeling that they will fall victim to data frauds or scams."
The consultation runs until 15 April, and seeks views from IT companies on how technology can be used in electronic identification.