ecsec enables German eID card for electronic signatures


Berlin, 22.03.2018 (PresseBox) - Within the scope of today‘s “eIDAS Summit“, taking place at the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, ecsec has presented an important innovation: From now on the German electronic Identity (eID) card, commonly known as “Personalausweis”, can not only be used for strong authentication and highly secure identification, but also for the generation of advanced electronic signatures in compliance with relevant European and international standards.

The German eID card …

The German electronic Identity (eID) card, issued since November 2010, is known to provide a highly secure and privacy-friendly means for authentication and identification, which in combination with a suitable smartphone is also usable in a mobile environment. Due to the notification of the electronic identification scheme around the German eID card and the residence permit at the highest possible security level (level of assurance ”high“), the German eID card will be recognised for the electronic identification in digital administrative procedures throughout Europe from September 29th 2018 onwards.

… now with advanced electronic signature!

In addition to the steadily growing number of applications for the German electronic ID card, there is now another particularly useful feature: The advanced electronic signature of documents and data in compliance with Article 26 of the “Regulation (EU) No. 910/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July 2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market and repealing Directive 1999/93/EC”, commonly known as “eIDAS-Regulation”. As a result, the integrity and origin (authenticity) of a signed document or data set are ensured in addition to the proof of identity of the signatory as stipulated by § 18 PauswG. The support of relevant European standards and signature formats standardised at ETSI for advanced electronics signatures (CAdES, PAdES and XAdES) ensures the greatest marketability and interoperability possible. The modular archi-tecture and the support of interfaces standardised at OASIS facilitates the integration of this innovative solution into existing IT architectures.
“We are pleased that from now on the German electronic Identity card can not only be used for strong authentication and identification, but also for advanced electronic signatures”, explains Dr. Detlef Hühnlein, CEO of ecsec GmbH.
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