A new independent foundation 
stengthening Digital Trust throughout Europe
Created and Coordinated by EEMA

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Kantara Initiative

Mobile Ecosystem  Forum


Why you need to join the European Trust Foundation

The goal of the European Trust Foundation is to become the leading independent and neutral foundation working with Governments, corporates, trade-associations, SME bodies and others both within and outside the EU:
Active participation will create a body of experts who can contribute to European Projects and initiatives providing:
  • Technical, innovation, communications and commercial expertise to projects, organisations and initiatives across the Digital Society and beyond - independently and transparently
  • Geographic dissemination expertise across Europe


Representative organisations are usually country based and cover specific areas.
However, in the single European Digital Market, the European Trust Foundation can provide:
  • Increased visibility and networking throughout Europe
  • Development opportunities and representing your members
  • Contribute expertise at European and global level – via our panel of experts


Ensuring a vendor neutral perspective, the governance will comprise membership board with one representative from each member organisation.


Any European (non-vendor) Organisation whose aim is to promote and encourage trusted services across Europe.

Membership Fees

Initially free of charge to founding Members.



EEMA is the creator and coordinator of the European Trust Foundation

EEMA is the leading European, independent not-for-profit Think Tank focussing on identification, authentication, privacy, risk management, cyber security, the Internet of Things and mobile applications.


EEMA’s world class conferences provide the forum to network with digital enterprise professionals high level EC and other government experts. Our conferences, together with our series of High Level Fireside Briefings in Brussels and London, provides the ideal setting for industry leaders to tackle controversial hot topics in an intimate, informative and invitation only setting.


EEMA collaborates with EU & Global Partners, has an established and growing network throughout Europe and provides the ideal platform to disseminate information and share expertise regarding the high-profile and significant EU projects.


  • EEMA is an established EU Project Partner for dissemination throughout Europe

  • EEMA educates and informs our network of members of latest developments, technologies and innovations in an independent environment.

  • EEMA identifies expertise and knowledge very area and can be the enabler for members to meet the most appropriate person to discuss resolving issues and challenges members to the 'right' person to talk to solving similar 'problems', or simply developing business relationships.


European Software Institute – Center Eastern Europe (ESI CEE) is a leading Regional Excellence Center in information technologies, software engineering, quality and cybersecurity for Eastern Europe. Since its establishment in 2003 ESI CEE has actively supported the development of increased ICT industry competitiveness, digital entrepreneurship, knowledge economy and society, with a specific focus on supporting innovative businesses and education.


ESI Center Eastern Europe consistently focuses on three directions:

  • Information society development: Actively participating in the development of the information society in Bulgaria and the region, and in particular supporting the IT policy making and the ICT university education.

  • Regional IT Brand based on quality: Positioning Eastern Europe (EE), including South-Eastern Europe (SEE) and the former Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) regions, as competitive ICT location and contributing to further strengthening the regional “SEE IT” brand.

  • Efficient and effective operations of IT SMEs: Increasing the competitiveness of ICT (SW) companies in the EE, SEE and CIS regions through trainings, consulting for implementation and assessment/appraisals.


ESI CEE has over 10 years’ experience of working with companies from more than 12 countries in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region on different levels reaching most senior leadership positions to develop their abilities to manage organizational complexity and optimize their success.


The main mission of the IDnext association is to create an open and independent platform to support and facilitate innovative approaches in the world of Digital identity, create awareness about Digital Identity, provide a knowledge and networking platform for experts in IT, Business and Marketeers as a European centre of expertise, and to ensure that everyone connected with the association stays at the forefront of technology, services and business by supporting innovation and by stimulating and supporting knowledge exchange and collaboration.

The IDnext association provides a single point of entry for (leading) IT and Business professionals throughout Europe.The IDnext association can be your starting point to connect, collaborate and find specific information related to Digital Identity and acts a community.

IDnext association aims to disseminate knowledge and experience by organizing events and workshops etc. on a variety of themes, using expertise within the world of IT and Business. Furthermore, it is an independent not-for-profit network organisation uniting a variety of experts in the world of the Digital Identity; e.g software vendors, system integrators, service and knowledge providers, advisers, governmental organisations, research and knowledge institutions


LSEC – Leaders In Security is a leading European non-profit ICT Security Association bringing together thought leadership from over 230 leading ICT Security solutions and services providers and more than 7000 individual members. LSEC has been active since 2002 and actively participates in industrial innovative projects bringing together advanced and state of the art technology, working with researchers going beyond the current state of the art and validating these approaches with operational ICT security teams throughout Europe.


LSEC is a unique ict-security cluster focusing on overall trust relations both human, machine to machine and throughout the process and communication flows, covering identity, cyber security, security & risk management, cloud, mobile and industrial automation amongst other, with activities in Belgium, the Netherlands, UK, Germany and France. www.lsec.eu


Mydex is a Community Interest Company and social enterprise solving trust, identity and data management. The Mydex Platform provides components for personal data management, consent management and identity management. Organisations can use these to become regulation compliant, easily launch new services or incorporate them into existing processes. Only the individual can see the data held in their PDS, and when they share it, it is visible only to them and the third party to whom they have given access.
Security, transparency & control. The foundations of trust: When Mydex came into being in 2007, its founders made a number of important decisions — these decisions are what make Mydex remain unique even in today's blossoming personal data ecosystem. It had to be free to individuals for life, the data had to be under their control, and Mydex as a company had to be self-sustaining and protect its core values. These prerequisites guided the evolution of Mydex: a Community Interest Company, a Social Enterprise and zero-knowledge platform, working to improve outcomes for individuals and organisations alike.

Our mission: is to empower individuals to manage their lives more effectively through convenient, trustworthy access and control of their personal data and how it is used by them and others.
Our vision: is the emergence of a world where individuals are in greater control of their lives with the freedom to choose how and what personal data to share in order to have a balanced relationship with each other, society as a whole, governments and organisations.


Our values:  Individuals own their own data, and proof of identity. They have a right to choose privacy, assert proof of claims and to invoke the level of sharing they wish. Basic human rights extend to the digital realm.


Our strategy: is to create, evolve and maintain a secure, trustworthy and convenient open personal data ecosystem that achieves our mission, realises our vision and aligns with our values.
Sustainability:  It was vital to us that a Mydex Personal Data Store and MydexID could be with you for life. This meant putting safeguards in place to preserve the integrity of the company, and ensure that the business model could sustain itself. This led us logically to create Mydex as a Community Interest Company — the 'CIC' in our name. The most important elements of being a CIC are as follows:

The company has a dividend cap: we must reinvest 65% of our profits back into the company.
We are asset locked — we cannot be bought by a company which is not similarly asset locked, and which does not share our stated social purpose.
​To see more about our business model and how we sustain ourselves, read our page 'Sustaining Mydex'.


Our community interest statement: As a community interest company, we must provide a statement about the benefits we provide to the community we serve. Ours can be found below.


We, the undersigned, declare that the company will carry on its activities for the benefit of the community we serve, which is made up of individuals in all contexts of their lives. The company’s activities will provide benefit to individuals seeking to better manage their personal data by helping them assert greater control over how this data is used by organisations and realise the potential value of this data. Mydex CIC provides personal data management services and a safe, secure and convenient means for individuals to electronically share information with chosen organisations.

Mydex is an ISO27001 certified company for information security management, a FairData company and a certified G-Cloud supplier.


NorStella - Foundation for e-Business and Trade Procedures was established on 1 January 2003 and is appointed by the Norwegian Government as the national contact point for all international standardization activities in the field of electronic business and trade facilitation.  It is a user oriented, independent, non-profit, private foundation located in Oslo. Its predecessor was Norwegian EDIPRO, established in 1994 to implement EDIFACT for transport messages, and to use EDIFACT for customs clearance. NorStella deals with Internet-based standards like ebXML, Core Components, UBL and semantic technologies, and covers all kinds of industries.

The main objective of NorStella is to contribute to effectiveness and efficiency in public and private undertakings, by promoting

  • rational and simplified processes and procedures in national and international trade, in the private as well as the public sector and between private companies and public administrations

  • reliable and efficient implementation and profitable use of standardized data interchange between organizations


Because of its independent position in the market, with no links to any particular sector or industry, NorStella is able to serve all kinds of businesses and actors in the market, thus contributing to the establishment of cross sectoral solutions based on open available international standards, such as UN/EDIFACT, ebXML, etc. for the benefit of all user groups.


The non-profit Open Signature Initiative aims at supporting the process of implementing a single European market of trustworthy services by enhancing transparency and interoperability with respect to electronic signature technology and related trust services.

To reach this goal, the non-profit Open Signature Initiative invites all involved stakeholders to join this initiative and contribute to the implementation of a single European market for trusted services and transactions.


Platform Identity Management Netherlands (PIMN)  offers a network for identity management specialists and stakeholders in The Netherlands.

Since 2007 PIMN offers, via social media, a congress and seminars, 2.000 participants a platform for sharing knowledge. PIMN connects and shares knowledge.


SSEDIC.2020 emerged from the EU funded thematic network SSEDIC “Scoping the Single European Digital Identity Community”. From 2010 to 2013 SSEDIC conducted an intensive 3-year consultation together with over 200 European and international digital identity management experts and many stakeholder organizations. In 2013 SSEDIC identified four key areas central for the future development of digital identity (mobile identity, attribute usage, authentication, liability) and released a set of influential policy recommendations.


SSEDIC.2020 expands on existing SSEDIC themes, supports the implementation of the SSEDIC recommendations, provides advisory and project validation services and promotes international liaison and knowledge sharing. SSEDIC.2020 is an active platform for all the stakeholders of digital identity to work together and collaborate towards creating a Single Digital Identity Community as a foundational infrastructure for trusted online services and a single digital market in Europe and beyond.


The Trust in Digital Life (TDL) community was formed by leading industry partners and knowledge institutes that hold trust and trustworthy services to be an essential ingredient of the digital economy. The TDL community is committed to enabling a trustworthy ecosystem that protects the rights of citizens while creating new business opportunities.

To this end, TDL will research, pilot and incubate trustworthy ICT services and technologies in an innovative environment.

TDL will form the bridge between citizens entitled to the best possible services and an industry that develops devise, applications and services that protect them from Internet threats and provides them at an affordable price.

A major focus will be on the European research and business agenda


Vendorcom Europe is a multi-stakeholder membership organisation that connects seekers, solvers and shapers in the European Payments Industry. It has helped shape the collaborative/competitive landscape in payments since launching in 2003 and has developed its reputation over the past 13 years by establishing itself as Europe’s definitive forum for knowledge sharing. It is the most trusted, independent forum for suppliers and users of payment systems in Europe.

Vendorcom is the focal point for organisations who want to engage with the European Payments Industry and understand the dynamics of this diverse sector and its widespread regional variances, acting as a single point of authoritative, credible, independent information.


Kantara Initiative provides strategic vision and real world innovation for the digital identity transformation.  Developing initiatives including: Identity Relationship Management, User Managed Access (EIC Award Winner for Innovation in Information Security 2014), Identities of Things, and Minimum Viable Consent Receipt, Kantara Initiative connects a global, open, and transparent leadership community. Luminaries from organizations including: CA Technologies, Experian, ForgeRock, IEEE-SA, Internet Society, Nomura Research Institute, Radiant Logic and SecureKey drive strategic insights to progress the transformational elements needed to leverage borderless Identity for IoT, access control, context, and consent.


The Mobile Ecosystem Forum is a global trade body that acts as an impartial and authoritative champion for addressing issues affecting the broadening mobile ecosystem. We provide our members with a global and cross-sector platform for networking, collaboration and advancing industry solutions. The goal is to accelerate the growth of a sustainable mobile ecosystem that drives inclusion for all and delivers trusted services that enrich the lives of consumers worldwide. Established in 2000 and headquartered in the UK, MEF has Regional Chapters across Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North and Latin America.


E-Forum is a not-for-profit association, registered in Belgium, which brings together interested parties active in the field of eGovernment in Europe. We are dedicated to analysing the future needs of smart governance and smart cities in Europe, and promoting excellence in defining solutions to those needs by bringing private and public actors together. In recent years, we have specialised in both Identity Management and EU-China Smart City development. eFORUM have participated in many EU funded projects ranging from STORK-the pre-cursor to eIDAS and EKSISTENZ covering Identity Theft, to others having eIdentity as a core enabler, such as FAST secure messaging.


The Press

TDW 2016 Den Haag - Press Release for launch of ETF

Contact Us


For more information in participating in, or joining the European Trust Foundation, please contact Jon Shamah via any of the methods below. (UK Timezone)

European Trust Foundation

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Tel: +44 (0)1386 793028

Rue Washington 40, 1050 Brussels

email: info@europeantrustfoundation.eu

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tScheme is a not-for-profit body which serves organisations in the trust service provider sector, providing accreditation for the services they supply to consumers and organisations in order to improve levels of trust in digital economies. It provides an independent means of establishing and testing the trust of services to recognised standards and its growth reflects the rapid development of online services, particularly those which involve a need for trusted services.

tScheme also manages the UK trust service providers list on behalf of the UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport working with the Information Commissioner's Office. tScheme works closely with the UK government to make UK the ‘best and safest’ place in the world for those wanting to provide or use digital services such as identity, data exchange and e-Commerce.

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