While it still presents a challenge to many businesses and government institutions, the greater idea behind eIDAS is to strive towards a true digital single market in Europe. It’s meant to make life easier and more secure when it comes to electronic identification, authentication and digital “transactions” in the broadest sense!
The very diverging implementations of the preceding eSignatures Directive and related technical standards left the European member states with fragmented and inconsistent electronic signature law. Interoperability and mutual recognition were wishful thinking rather than actual benefits yet due to significant differences in legal status and validity across European countries.
All this is meant to change with the new eIDAS regulation, creating a true digital single market with a consistent application of the legal framework in all member states.
The eIDAS regulation has two parts to it:
The creation, verification, and validation of and certificates related to:
+ the preservation of electronic signatures, seals or certificates related to these services.
Figure: eIDAS trust services supported by Utimaco HSM
More information on the eIDAS regulation, take a look here at our website. As a trust service provider, you might want to consult our product offering to reach eIDAS-compliance and the related webinars.
Stay tuned for a series of blog posts about updates in the eIDAS universe, related challenges and successful implementations of solutions.
This post was first published on July 31, 2018