On a European level in order to break down the barriers to a single digital marketplace, in December 1999 Europe created a Directive (1999/93/EC: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2000.013.01.0012.01.ENG ) aiming to facilitate the use of digital signatures and their legal recognition. But this provided only half of the equation and did not foresee in a single, cross-border European framework to make this happen.
So a Regulation followed in July 2014 (910/2014: Regulation (EU) N°910/2014, commonly known as “the eIDAS Regulation”). This one fills the gaps in 1999/93/EC and will come into effect on July 1st, 2016 – without having to be translated to national legislation. This Regulation dictates that national identification schemes (our Belgian eID for example) remain valid in the rest of Europe. This is good news if you are often required to log onto European/Member State public administrations, be it for requesting official documents, entering tax declarations or participating in public calls for tenders.
The eIDAS Regulation also defines “trust services”. Indeed, if you have a service that says that the invoice you received is the original and that its integrity has been certified, you’d want that service to meet certain standards and ma...Read More.
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