In 2008 the European Commission decided to create an action plan together with the member states of the European Union with one single purpose: to remove interoperability barriers and enable cross-border secure electronic transactions in Europe.
First step should be eSignatures that transpose the rich semantics of handwritten signatures and take them into the electronic world of the Internet. A signature is a symbolic representation of an individual – providing authentication and identification. eSignature is defined as data in electronic form logically associated with other electronic data, which in turn serves as a method of authentication. An ‘advanced’ signature is an eSignature capable of identifying the signatory.
Electronic identification or eID and electronic trust services or eTS (- namely electronic signatures, electronic seals, time stamp, electronic delivery service and website authentication) are inseparable by essence when analyzing the requirements needed to ensure legal certainty, trust and security in electronic transactions.
A government should ensure that people and businesses can use their own national electronic identification schemes (eIDs) to access public services in other countries where eIDs are available.
We have knowledge on adopting and implementation of eID and eSignature solutions in eGovernment solutions and citizen services.
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