The DE-Mail project is coming to an end – An error analysis by Uniscon

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In terms of digitization, Germany lags behind

DE-mail was an ambitious promise for Germany’s digital future. It should send a strong signal and offer a reliable and, above all, safe alternative to the traditional paper letter. Similar to a digital ID card, it was born out of the noble project to enable digital identification of the sender and to accelerate the legally binding exchange of official documents.

But the DE-mail could not meet the expectations addressed to them and is now facing the end of the withdrawal of Telekom. But what are the reasons for the failure of the DE-Mail project?

In terms of digitization, Germany lags behind

In Germany, the clocks of digitization go differently – often somewhat slower-than elsewhere. Not only in broadband expansion are we far behind EU countries such as Romania or Hungary. We are also clearly lagging behind in terms of the digitization of official processes in this country. In Estonia – the digital pioneer in Europe-virtually all administrative procedures can be carried out from your home PC or smartphone. However, this requires established and reliable structures for digital data exchange. DE-mail was conceived as an important building block for this purpose and was intended to implement the EU Services Directive, according to which electronic communication should be accepted as a binding medium by 2009.

But in addition to various stumbling blocks, such as running costs and the obligation to regularly check the separate mailbox, it was not least the concerns about data protection that gave DE-mail a slow descent into insignificance. Because the e-mails stored in the mailbox were archived there in unencrypted form – an untenable condition, especially for such a “key”project.

Proven solutions for secure digital correspondence already exist

The DE-mail may have failed because of its immature concept – but Germany is dependent on a well-thought-out successor for the digitization of its bureaucracy!
Today, there are already various proven solutions for the successful digitization of correspondence: Highly secure cloud services, confidential computing and sealed digital data rooms on European servers protect data exchange through encryption at any time-even during processing, not only during data transmission and storage.
Only a lockable mailbox will be able to gain the necessary acceptance of German users so that the next project does not become a failure again. The trust of users in the security of their correspondence is an indispensable prerequisite for a possible DE-mail successor. Data protection must be at the heart of any new planning.

Confidential Computing and data protection through technology design

It is therefore advisable for all potential candidates who are eligible for a new edition of DE-mail to return to the strengths of European data protection law. It is essential to avoid the impression that the available technologies have not been used to the best of our knowledge and belief.
Today, confidential computing “Made in Europe” is already a reality in many companies. With Secure Content Collaboration – the secure exchange of confidential data and documents and protected digital collaboration – you rely on future-proof data storage and processing in the European cloud, which complies with the strict rules of the GDPR.
The German bureaucracy should take this as an example and design a secure successor for DE-mail as quickly as possible. But this time, please, according to the principle of “data protection through technology design” – and correctly.

uniscon-A member of TÜV SÜD

Uniscon GmbH is a Munich-based provider of GDPR-compliant cloud and data room solutions for companies and one of the leading secure cloud providers in Europe. Uniscon’s products go hand in hand: uniscon’s Sealed Platform® provides a secure execution environment for web applications with high security and data protection requirements.
uniscon’s idgard ® business cloud secures and simplifies digital communication and data exchange with partners, customers and colleagues at the highest level. More than 1,200 companies already rely on the web – based data room and file sharing service, including IT and communication providers (e.g. T-Systems), management consultancies (e.g. PwC, Baker Tilly) and various providers of financial services (e.g. savings banks and Volksbanken).

What uniscon’s solution have in common? They are all based on the internationally patented Sealed Cloud technology, which excludes unauthorized data access with purely technical measures. The solutions are all developed according to the principle of” Privacy by Design”.
uniscon was founded in 2009 and has been part of TÜV SÜD’s digitization strategy since 2017. TÜV SÜD is a world-leading technical service company with over 150 years of industry-specific experience and today more than 24,000 employees at about 1,000 locations in 54 countries. In this strong alliance, uniscon can further advance the development of its technology and is able to reliably realize major international projects in the fields of IoT and Industry 4.0 with the Sealed Cloud and its products.

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