The Dutch banks have jointly developed an online identification service called iDIN (identificatie inloggen). It is available for companies and organisations with online services. It can be used to identify yourself online, e.g. in a web shop, with insurance companies (including health insurance providers)k and the Tax Authorities
iDIN is currently offered by the following banks ABN AMRO, ASN, ING, Rabobank, RegioBank, SNS and Triodus. If you have an account with one of these banks and you use internet banking, you can already use iDIN.
It works in a similar way as internet banking:
According to the banks, iDIN is equally safe as internet banking.
iDIN is not meant as a replacement for DigiD; the government (e.g. the Tax Authorities) plans to offer both DigiD and iDIN.
iDIN is only meant as a way to identify yourself with data such as name, address, gender, age, date of birth. The banks will never give information about your financial position via iDIN. Banks are not able to find out which websites you visited and what you ordered online. When you use iDIN, you don’t have to create an account on every single website (e.g. web shop) and remember the password you use. It will give companies and organisations certainty about your identity.
iDin is still in its infancy. In 2016, several pilots took place and it is now available with a limited number of companies and organisations. In 2017, it will become possible to use it with the Tax Authorities and some health insurance companies. It is expected that the number of companies and organisations offering iDIN to their customers will gradually grow.
Keep in mind that iDIN is only available for companies and organisations within the Netherlands. You cannot use it when you shop with e.g. Amazon.com or login with Facebook.