What is eIDAS?

eIDAS (electronic IDentification, Authentication and trust Services) is an EU regulation (EU N°910/2014) on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions across the European Union. It was adopted in 2014, took effect in 2016 and provides a predictable regulatory environment to enable secure and seamless electronic interactions between businesses, citizens and public authorities across the digital European single market.

Two core concepts of eIDAS
The eIDAS vision centers around two core concepts, the first one being interoperability; member states are required under eIDAS to create a common framework that will recognize eIDs from other member states, while ensuring its authenticity and security. This is key in allowing citizens and companies to easily do business across borders. The second is transparency; if organizations are eIDAS compliant, eIDAS provides a clear and accessible list of trusted services that may be used within the centralized signing framework. This allows security stakeholders the ability to engage in dialogue about the best technologies and tools for securing digital signatures for the whole European single market.

 

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eIDAS compliant and electronic signatures

 

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