Italian Law decree n. 69/2013, art. 17-ter, provides for establishing a public digital identity management system for both companies and private citizens. The system is known as SPID (Sistema Pubblico per la gestione dell’Identità Digitale).
The new provision modifies art. 64 of the Italian Code for digital administration.
Following the arrival of the SPID system, should identity controls be required, public administration will only be able to grant on line access if identity is certified by either electronic identity card or national service card or by means of SPID.
Public administration may also choose to adopt alternative systems to verify user identity providing these systems are capable of identifying users requesting their services.
Therefore, the choice of system is left to the discretion of public administration.
The law decree provides that companies may also choose to use the SPID system to manage the digital identity of their users.