Three types of electronic signatures as established in the eIDAS Regulation.

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What types of electronic signatures exist?

In the European Union, the Regulation (EU) Nº 910/2014 defines three types of electronic signatures:

  • Simple

    Simple

    It is electronic data linked with other electronic data or logically associated with those used by the signer to sign.
  • Advanced

    Advanced

    Electronic signature that complies with the requirements established in Article 26 of the Regulation (EU) Nº 910/2014.
  • Qualified

    Qualified

    Advanced electronic signature created using a qualified device for the creation of electronic signatures and based on a qualified certificate for the electronic signature.
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How are they different?

The three types of electronic signatures are legal, but have different levels of security.

  • Simple

    Simple

    The simple electronic signature does not provide any evidence regarding the signer´s identity.
  • Advanced

    Advanced

    The advanced electronic signature is linked to the signer in a unique way and allows to identify said signer.
  • Qualified

    Qualified

    The qualified electronic signature allows to identify the signer as it is based on a qualified certificate of the electronic signature.
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What type of electronic signature does my company need?

It depends on the use case and the legal and security conditions that are required.

  • Simple

    Simple

    The simple electronic signature does not have evidentiary value, meaning it does not allow to prove who was the signer.
  • Advanced

    Advanced

    The advanced electronic signature has evidentiary value, since it allows to authenticate the signer´s identity.
  • Qualified

    Qualified

    The qualified electronic signature has evidentiary value, but it is not easy to use, since the signer needs to have a digital certificate.
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Use cases

  • Simple

    Simple

    The simple electronic signature is a check or PIN number, and is used for example to accept the terms and conditions of a website.

    • Legal risk: low
    • Security: low
    • ;Easy to use: very
  • Advanced

    Advanced

    The advanced electronic signature is asignature stroke, and is used for example to sign loan contracts, insurance policies or labor contracts.

    • Legal risk: high
    • Security: high
    • Easy to use: very
  • Qualified

    Qualified

    The qualified electronic signature is done with a digital certificate, and is used for procedures with public administrations.

    • Legal risk: high
    • Security: high
    • Easy to use: more difficult
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