A light of hope for electronic signatures … based on digital certificates!

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Brussels guide us on the use of electronic signature

Yes, at a time when it began to question the feasibility of the authentication mechanisms and expression of will in the electronic world based on electronic certificates, in some cases by objective reasons and in others for interested reasons, in the time  it poured criticism of the DNIe (ES) (well, have it had some time off?), at the time that electronic certificates had their image of invulnerability damaged by Comodo and DigiNotar cases, at that very moment, the European Commission approves a proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market. Electronic transactions based, of course, in the media that offer more guarantees, ie the electronic identity card of the different European countries (ergo digital certificates and Secure Signature-Creation Devices – SSCD.) Specifically, Brussels proposes “that people and businesses can use their electronic ID and nationals digital signatures in other EU countries normally and effectively”

Effects

The statement has two immediate effects:

  1. gives a nod to the electronic ID card (already in use in Spain, Estonia, Finland, Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Germany) versus other mechanisms of electronic signature
  2. encourages countries without an electronic ID card or not even a DNI to the develop

The development and implementation of the regulation has a number of obvious benefits, such as facilitating access to studies and work in other European Union countries, the business and contractual relations, the acceos to public tenders in other countries, access to medical records. .. generally facilitate the mobility of the citizens among the different European member states.Another side benefit is an impulse to the use of Smart Cards (DNIe, for example, or a mobile phone SIM is a smartcard), where European companies like Gemalto Giesecke & Devrient and are the major players worldwide. Or have we thought that the use of closure devices Signature Insurance Building considerasiones only due to legal and security?

Besides, the development and implementation of the regulation has a number of obvious benefits, such as facilitating access to studies and work in other European Union countries, the business and contractual relations, the access to public tenders in other countries, access to medical records. .. generally facilitate the mobility of the citizens among the different European member states.

Finally, another side benefit is an impulse to the use of Smart Cards (DNIe, for example, or a mobile phone SIM is a smartcard), where European companies like Giesecke & Devrient or Gemalto are major players worldwide. Or have we thought that the stubbornness on the use of Secure Signature-Creation Devices was only built on security and legal considerations?.

Conclusion

Brussels calls for boosting the use of electronic signatures based on qualified certificates on Secure Signature-Creation Devices as a means to facilitate the mobility of European citizens among member states, giving a boost and more value to our (Spanish) electronic ID (DNIe), and I am glad for it!

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