The electronic signature in the EU

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Biometric signature

Handwritten signature captured through a tablet or a signature pad

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Certificate-based signatures

Digital certificate signature. These are certificates issued by a Certificate Authority which validates the signature and the signer's identity

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Cloud Signature

Sign with a digital certificate stored on a secure server (HSM), with robust authentication

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Server-based signature

Certificate-based signatures, without required user interaction

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OTP SMS & OTP email

Signature linked to an OTP code (one-time-password) sent to the signatory's smartphone via SMS

eIDAS Regulation

The world of eSignatures are ruled by eIDAS regulation, the world’s strictest regulation on electronic identification and trust services in electronic transactions in the domestic market and repealing Council Directive 1999/93/EC. It lays down the conditions under which Member States must recognize the mechanisms used by individuals for electronic identification, along with regulations for both trust services and the legal framework for e-signatures, as well as services like e-seals, timestamps, e-documents, certified electronic communication service for web service authentication, which may all differ from the electronic authentication system used by each Member state. This standard has been in force since July 1 2016.

3 types of electronic signatures

The Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 defines three types of electronic signatures: Viafirma software cater to the above-mentioned modalities. The decision whether to use a simple, advanced or qualified signature will depend on the signing process.

Legal effects

Article 25 of eIDAS reflects the 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 is valid in all member states.

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