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eIDAS Regulation

European Framework for Electronic Timestamps, Signatures and Seals

Certification Qualified Trust Service Provider Compliant with eIDASThe EU Regulation on Electronic Identification and Trust Services for Electronic Transactions in the Internal Market (abbreviated eIDAS) entered into force on July 1, 2016. For the first time, this legal instrument combines legal, technical and organizational aspects to establish a uniform, mandatory framework for simple and secure implementation of consistent electronic processes between public agencies, enterprises and EU citizens.

This means that the eIDAS supersedes the former EU Directive 1999/93/EC as directly applicable law, replacing any national law that contradicts the eIDAS Regulation, such as the German Signature Act (SigG) and the subsidiary Signature Ordinance (SigV). It puts an end to conflicting national regulations and instead defines a common standard for all EU and EFTA states regarding means of identification and trust services for electronic transactions on a mutually agreed basis. At the same time, it opens up new fields of application that take recent developments in digital business processes into account.

An overview of important changes brought about by eIDAS:

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Electronic Seals
  • Signature tool for organizations
     (“Organization Certificate”)
  • Allocation to legal entities
  • Utilization as a digital company stamp
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Remote Electronic Signatures
  • Signature tool for mobile applications
     (“cellphone signatures”)
  • Allocation to natural persons
  • Usable without signature card or reader
  • Protected via 2-factor authentication
  • Usable as an online signature
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Europe-wide Standards
  • Orientation on technical standards and norms
     (e.g. ETSI, CEN, DIN, ISO)
  • Definition of standard reference formats
     (e.g. CAdES, XAdES, PAdES, ASiC)
  • Approval of additional sources for issue of qualified signatures
     (e.g. chip cards, hardware security modules)
  • Definition of common trust levels
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Trusted Lists
  • Official list of qualified trust service providers
  • Proof of qualification status of trust service providers
     and the trust services they supply
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exceet Timestamp Authority (eTSA) – Qualified & Flexible at Use

exceet Timestamp Authority (eTSA)Our qualified timestamp service exceet Timestamp Authority (eTSA) provides qualified electronic timestamps in full compliance with the European eIDAS Regulation. It is a trust service provided by exceet Secure Solutions, certified by the Federal Network Agency and subject to the strictest technical and legal requirements.

Timestamps supplied by eTSA thus offer maximum legally recognized protection for all electronic data. Unlimited legal validity and evidential value combined with high flexibility and availability anywhere, anytime and in (almost) any quantity – these strengths make eTSA timestamps a valuable, easy-to-use tool for secure and trustworthy proof in electronic business processes.

Here you will find further information on our timestamp service exceet Timestamp Authority (eTSA).


Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) – Secure & High-performing

Icon: Hardware Security Modules (HSMs)With the advent of the eIDAS Regulation, hardware security modules (HSMs) have gained significance because they are now approved as qualified electronic signature creation devices (QSEEs). They can thus be used to issue qualified electronic signatures, but also for secure management and storage of the required cryptographic keys and processes.

In the sphere of digital signatures and timestamps, HSMs are often an ideal alternative to mass use of smartcards. Generally speaking, HSMs can provide the same functionalities as smartcards und can be accessed via the same interfaces, but offer far higher performance levels and are simpler to operate. In the German-speaking part of Europe, exceet Secure Solutions is the only provider with long-standing experience and all-round expertise in this field, acting as a single source for manufacturer-independent HSM products and services.

Here you will find further information on hardware security modules (HSMs), our products and services.


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