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Electronic signatures compliant with the eIDAS EU Regulation

The idea is to accelerate the exchange of goods and services in the single market, and make it easier, cheaper and even more reliable, with full legal value. The key instrument of the new framework used for this purpose is the Advanced Electronic Signature (AdES).

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In 2014, the European Commission adopted a Regulation called eIDAS that defines Electronic Identities and Trust Services in the European Union. This new legal framework came into force on 1 July 2016. It aims to enable the replacement of paper-based processes by pure electronic means so that documents and contracts can be signed electronically with legal binding effect and exchanged over the internet.

The idea is to accelerate the exchange of goods and services in the single market, and make it easier, cheaper and even more reliable, with full legal value. The key instrument of the new framework used for this purpose is the Advanced Electronic Signature (AdES).

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Advanced and Qualified Electronic Signatures

An AdES must be uniquely linked to and be capable of identifying the signatory. It must also be implemented so that the signatory maintains sole control over the signature creation means. Any change in documents signed using an AdES must be detectable.

A Qualified Electronic Signature (QES) is created by a Qualified Signature Creation Device (QSCD) employing a Qualified Certificate (QC). A QC can only be issued by a Qualified Trust Service Provider (QTSP). For this reason a QES has a higher value as it has the same legal effect as a handwritten signature and it must be recognized in all European Member States.

Electronic signatures ensure certainty of data origin and integrity

The electronic data signature service (documents or transactions) allows to prove that this electronic data has been produced by a well identified person, ensuring the origin, as well as the integrity of the data.

The electronic signatures provided by LuxTrust include a qualified electronic timestamp, linking the data and the signature at a given point in time.

Electronic Signature - Business Benefits

The e-signature service has been designed to be integrated on a website, through the well established SAML protocol.

The electronic signature service can be used to sign PDF documents (PAdES), transactions (XAdES) or multiple transactions or documents at a time (XAdES).

Several use cases apply, ranging from contracts and trade agreements, to financial transactions, tenders, insurance contracts, human resources documents, issue of compliance certificates to your customers, tax returns, etc..

LuxTrust's Value Proposition for Electronic Signatures

LuxTrust is a Qualified Trust Service Provider listed in Luxembourg and, as such, can issue Qualified Certificates (QC).

LuxTrust offers Qualified and Advanced Electronic Signatures services via its ORELY® signature platform. They include a Qualified Timestamp.

From the user standpoint the signature platform is easy to use. The support used can be the traditional tokens, USB sticks, smartcards, but also a  simple mobile app.

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