The advanced electronic signature makes it convenient for companies to do business online. The level of security offered is virtually identical to that of the qualified signature and it also allows each signer to be uniquely identified. It is also easier to use because it does not require the signer to be physically present.
The main advantages of the advanced electronic signatures from the simple and qualified eSignatures are:
- Unlike the simple electronic signature, the advanced electronic signature offers legal certainty since the latter can identify the signer while the simple one cannot. A simple electronic signature is the equivalent of, for example, a checkbox or a PIN code. In these two cases, there is no means of guaranteeing the identity of the the person who checked the box or entered the PIN code.
- Unlike the qualified electronic signature, the advanced electronic signature does not have to be made using a qualified device, as stipulated in Annex II of Regulation 910/2014. Therefore, the advanced electronic signature is much easier to use, since it does not require any specific device, nor in-person verification prior to making the signature.
This new regulation will come into force on July 1st 2016 – Regulation 910 / 2014 – regulating online identification processes and establishing guidelines for trust services regarding online transactions.