Key Facts

  • More than 2 million users are already registered and use the advantages of the electronic remote signature
  • The qualified signature corresponds to the “eIDAS-Regulation” of the European Union No. 910/2014
  • The eIDAS Regulation has been in force since 1 July 2016
  • The electronic signature and the handwritten signature are legally equivalent
  • The qualified electronic signature is recognized in all Member States of the European Union
  • xIDENTITY uses the state-approved Austrian A-Trust for all certifications
  • The Trust-Center is eIDAS-compliant

Digital Identity

Participation in digital society requires a legally compliant digital identity. This is the basic prerequisite for being able to use the entire range of new opportunities. Identity and access management in its classical form was understood as an internal service for employees of an individual company.

This model is undergoing profound change, as not only internal employees but also customers and partners are being included. As a result, a considerably higher number of new business models can develop and processes are ever-increasingly carried out without a break in the media form. It’s about simplifying processes, saving time and gaining competitive advantages.

This model expansion has security-related consequences, as significantly more sensitive data need to be administered. In practical terms this means: user name and password will not be sufficient in the future to meet the new, higher security standards and to protect all of the data adequately.

The mobile phone signature process illustrates this paradigm shift: with a single TAN [transaction authentication number: a single-use password] you obtain access and authorisation to digitally sign, archive, request and administer documents. If the TAN is not used within five minutes, it expires and a new one must be generated.

Digital Europe – FAQ

Does the remote signature actually has the same legal effect as a personal signature on a paper document?

Yes! In this context, we speak of a qualified signature – on the basis of a qualified certificate – which is acquired through xIDENTITY: the identity thus obtained is certified.

Can I also sign electronically without a digital identity?

No. Precondition for the qualified electronic signature (QES) is always the digital identity, which is easy to achieve through xIDENTITY. Alternatives are the so-called “simple” and “advanced” signatures. However, these are not sufficient for the legally valid signature, which is equivalent to the handwritten signature.

Where can i validly use this qualified signature?

Throughout the European Union. The qualified signature, for which I can be certified by xIDENTITY, meets the requirements for a Europe-wide recognition. The relevant EU signature directive already dates from 1999.

What is the meaning of this directive?

The EU signature directive obliges all member states of the European Union to mutually recognize qualified electronic signatures. You can sign legally anywhere in the EU.

Is it possible to manage business processes in a German company for which a digital identity is necessary?

Yes, and it does not matter where the signatory currently is: If a chief of medicine in a German clinic wants to sign a doctor’s letter with a digital signature, then he can do so – even if he is at a conference overseas.

By qualified electronic signature (QES) as certified by xIDENTITY?

Exactly. The German law on signatures provides the legal background: Every QES must be recognized in a legally relevant framework – and is equal in its legal effect to the personal signature.

Just one more small step to your digital identity