Digital Identity

Establishment of an electronic identity (E-ID) that is valid nationally and internationally

The aim of the strategic project is for internet users to be able to identify themselves correctly and securely. They require an electronic identity in order to do so.

Aims of the strategic project

More and more people are carrying out diverse transactions on the internet which require them to identify themselves. The electronic identity (E-ID) used for this purpose should be correct and protect against confusion. In order to prevent falsified electronic identities being issued, the Federal Council has defined the core task of issuing an E-ID, i.e. officially checking and confirming the existence of the person and their identifying features such as name, sex and date of birth, as government responsibility.

However, the Confederation will neither develop nor issue the technological medium that this state certified and confirmed identity will take; options include mobile telephones, bank cards, public transport passes. This is to be done by providers who are closer to users and the relevant technology. However, it will be the federal government’s job to make sure providers and their solutions undergo a strict recognition procedure and are also subject to regular checks. A certification authority for this purpose established within the Federal Department of Finance (EFD) will assume this task.

The use and disclosure of data is in sole control of the person concerned. On the other hand, each online service provider can decide for itself whether they require the state certified identity in order to allow people to use their services or not.

The E-ID is a key infrastructure element on which further digital services can be built, e.g. fully digital eGovernment, eVoting, eBanking, eHealth, eEducation and eCommerce. It should make an important contribution to Switzerland’s digital transformation in the process.

Dispatch on eID Act adopted

Business processes are increasingly being moved to the digital world. To make it possible for more demanding transactions to be carried out online too, business partners need to be able to trust the identity of the other party. Consequently, the Federal Council wishes to create the legal and organisational framework for electronic identification services. Having acknowledged the results of the consultation process, it instructed the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) during its meeting on 15 November 2017 to prepare a draft law. On 1 June 2018, the Federal Council adopted the dispatch on the Federal Act on Recognised Electronic Means of Identification.

Project status

The Federal Council acknowledged the results of the consultation during its meeting on 15 November 2017. Taking into account the feedback from the consultation, the FDJP has now prepared a dispatch for a Federal Act on Electronic Identification Services (eID Act).


Federal Office of Justice (information in German)