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Remote Identification Procedures, Public Consultation on draft regulations entitled ‘Electronic Trust Services (Remote Identification Procedures), Regulations, 2020


From: Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services and Digital Economy within the Ministry for Finance and Financial Services
​(Malta Communications Authority)
​Published on: ​16 October 2020
Running till: ​20 November 2020
​Last Updated: ​20 January 2021
Consultation Outcome: Final Report


1.        Background

On the 1st July 2016 EU Regulation 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic communications in the internal market (the ‘eIDAS’ Regulation) came into force and was as a result directly applicable to Malta. This EU Regulation provided for the repeal of the Directive 1999/93/EC which dealt with the regulation of electronic signatures.   The eIDAS Regulation in substance enhances trust in electronic transactions in the EU by providing a common foundation for secure electronic interaction.

As a result of the eIDAS Regulation, Government made various amendments to the then existing legislation dealing with electronic signatures. These amendments were mainly done by amending the Electronic Commerce Act (Cap. 426), whereby the then applicable provisions relating to electronic signatures were deleted, whereas new provisions were introduced to facilitate the enforcement of the eIDAS Regulation in line with the requirements of the aforesaid EU Regulation.
  As a result of these amendments the MCA as the competent regulator under the Electronic Commerce Act assumed the role of the supervisory body responsible for ensuring compliance with the requirements of the eIDAS Regulation.

2.        Consultation Questions

MCA is seeking the views and comments from all interested parties on the draft regulations, and proposals on any other aspects that may be deemed relevant for the purposes of this consultation.

The MCA will, after taking into consideration the responses received to this consultation, submit to the Parliamentary Secretariat for Financial Services and Digital Economy within the Ministry for Finance and Financial Services its proposed amendments to the Regulations.


Please be informed that submissions will be published on the webpage of this consultation at the end of the scoping phase. The lead Ministry has sole discretion upon the publication of comments.
Received contributions, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the Internet, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his/her legitimate interests. In this case the contribution may be published in anonymous form. Otherwise the contribution will not be published nor will, in principle, its content be taken into account.  Any objections concerning the publication of personal data should be sent to the service responsible for the consultation on the following email address:
Data Protection Statement the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act (Chapter 586)

The General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act Chapter 586 regulate the processing of personal data whether held electronically or in manual form. The Ministry for European Affairs and Equality collects only information which is necessary for it to perform its intended functions and is set to fully comply with the Data Protection Principles as set out in the Data Protection Legislation.  Verification of the ID number provided will take place as deemed necessary. All personal data provided will be processed according to the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act (Cap 586).
In addition, please be aware of:
·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
As we are a public authority all documents we hold, including documents related to this public consultation process, may be released following a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act (Chap. 496), unless such request may be subject of an exemption arising from the same Act.


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