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.