eIDAS Regulation No 910/2014
Legal effects of electronic signatures
1. An electronic signature shall not be denied legal effect and admissibility as evidence in legal proceedings solely on the grounds that it is in an electronic form or that it does not meet the requirements for qualified electronic signatures.
2. A qualified electronic signature shall have the equivalent legal effect of a handwritten signature.
3. A qualified electronic signature based on a qualified certificate issued in one Member State shall be recognised as a qualified electronic signature in all other Member States.
Want to learn more about the validity of TrustPro QTSP electronic signatures?
As specified in eIDAS Regulation there is no single electronic signature. Electronic signatures are divided into three categories, depending on the technology used and the level of security and privacy offered to the user. In particular, European Regulation speaks of:
- simple electronic signature (e.g. personal email)
- advanced electronic signature (e.g. graphometric signature on a mobile device)
- qualified electronic signature (provided by a EU QTSP – Qualified Trust Service Provider)
In the eIDAS Regulation both qualified and non-qualified electronic signatures (simple and advanced) benefit from a non-discrimination clause as evidence in Courts. In other words, trust services cannot be discarded by the judge only on the grounds that they are in an electronic form.
However, because of the more stringent requirements applicable to qualified trust service providers, qualified electronic signatures provide a stronger specific legal effect than non-qualified ones as well as a higher technical security.
Make signature easy
Too often IT solution providers have forgotten to make their applications easy, intuitive, satisfying, and “error free” so they can be used by anyone.
@TrustPro we have prepared for you a simple identification, authentication and easy and comfortable digital signature experience.
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A signature you can trust
From July 2016 EU rules on electronic signatures apply directly across the 28 Member States.
Qualified electronic signatures are explicitly recognized to have the equivalent legal effect of hand-written signatures all over the EU.
Who provides the electronic signature?
Electronic signature with legal value throughout Europe must be issued by a Qualified Trust Service Provider. Only QTSP which have been granted a qualified status by a national competent authority could provide electronic signatures with qualified certificate.
TrustPro QTSP guarantees to third parties all around EU that:
you are you
It works like with credit cards: the bank circuit that issues it guarantees the credit of the person who uses it, while TrustPro guarantees your identity.
How do I know if a company is a truly a Qualified Trust Service Provider?
Qualified Trust Services Provider in Europe are listed in national ‘trusted lists’ in all European Union and European Economic Area member-states.
Those lists can be accessed through the Trusted List Browser, an online tool provided by the European Commission to ease the process of finding trust services:
Benefits of electronic signature for end users
Electronic signature allows the full digitization of business processes, eliminating the time and costs of printing, faxing, mailing, copying, scanning and filing in paper formats which presents many disadvantages:
- risk of loss, destruction and incompleteness
- difficulty to search, edit and share
- need for bulky, physical storage space
By eliminating these burdens, governments, companies and citizens implementing the electronic signature will:
- save significant time
- enhance the security of the processes
- reduce operational costs
- cut carbon footprint
- improve all parties’ satisfaction
- fullfil legal compliance
Electronic signing is fast, green, secure and extremely convenient, contributing to an improved overall experience.