The difference between an Electronic Signature and a Digital Signature

It is a common to see people use the terms electronic signature and digital signature interchangeably. However, this is a misconception among many because the two can differ, along with the processes in which they are generated, validated and their specific legal ramifications.

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Introduction into XAdES for Trust Service Providers

The term XAdES stands for XML Advanced Electronic Signatures, which specifies a set of extensions that are used with the W3C recommendation for XML Signature Syntax and Processing (XML-DSig). This documents includes the final drafts for a revised framework by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (02-2016).

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Introduction into PAdES for Trust Service Providers

The term PAdES stands for PDF Advanced Electronic Signatures. It refers to a group of extensions and restrictions that are used with PDF and ISO 32000-1. They allow for advanced electronic signatures that adhere to the eIDAS Regulation, which has evolved from the European Union Directive 1999/93/EC.

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The eIDAS Agenda: Innovation, Interoperability and transparency

Digital signatures (and the accompanying concepts of encryption and authentication) have been a critical aspect of electronic communications for several years now, and both regulatory bodies and businesses continue to demonstrate a vested interest in the continued growth and advancement of this field.

A popular point of discussion and research among businesses in the EU is eIDAS, the EU regulation on the use of identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market. Not only is eIDAS required for legally-compliant digital signatures, it's also part of a greater picture of technological innovation and growth within the EU.

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Understanding the Major Terms Around Digital Signatures

The technology and terms that are involved with digital signing can be confusing. This article attempts to clarify meaning and implications of the major terms related to digital signatures.

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eIDAS From Directive To Regulation

eIDAS has made it easier for citizens and businesses of the European Union to electronically sign documents within Member States that utilize electronic identification schemes (eIDS).

This post breifly explains the implications of eIDAS within the European Union.

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Understanding eIDAS

EIDAS is the European Regulation for the electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions. It repeals Directive 1999/93/EC. Since its announcement in July of 2014, the intent of the eIDAS Regulation has been to facilitate secure and seamless electronic transactions throughout the European Union (EU) by providing a regulatory environment that would promote their use.

This article explains the purpose and scope of eIDAS, its scope, the use of electronic signatures under eIDAS and the requirements to qualitfied trust service providers.

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