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What is the eIDAS Regulation?

The eIDAS is a regulation that establishes a common standard for electronic identification and authentication systems among the Member States of the European Union. Let’s delve deeper in this article.

eIDAS definition

The European electronic identity recognition system, better known as eIDAS (which stands for electronic IDentification, Authentication and trust Services) is a European regulatory framework that regulates digital identification and trust services used in digital transactions, that is:

  • Online identity verification
  • Standards for electronic signatures, electronic seals and certified delivery services
  • Issuance of qualified certificates
  • Electronic transactions

This regulation is key for interoperability and to allow the connection between electronic services and identification systems between European administrations. 

eIDAS facilitates secure cross-border electronic transactions.

⚠️ The eIDAS Regulation was approved in July 2014, and later several modifications were added. Currently all EU members accept the electronic identification (eID) of the other member states. 

The eIDAS Regulation goal

The main goal of the eIDAS Regulation is to facilitate any type of electronic transaction between citizens, companies and public administrations between the members of the European Union.

For this reason, it focuses on protecting users and generating the trust and security necessary in digital activities. In other words, eIDAS builds a reliable and secure online environment to contribute to the digitization of services.

Why does the eIDAS arise?

With the digitization of services and the democratization of the Internet, it was needed a standard or regulation that guaranteed security in remote operations became clear. In addition, the eIDAS was born as a support tool for the creation of a Digital Single Market in the European Union.

eIDAS arises to unify, configure and regulate issues related to digital signatures within the EU.

In this way, this regulation makes operations, agreements and transactions within the EU simpler and more agile.

Why is it important?

The regulatory framework established by eIDAS sets up the bases for the management of operations and sensitive transactions remotely, without compromising security.

Therefore, it is important because:

  • It guarantees that companies and individuals can access online public services from other EU countries, facilitating interoperability
  • It makes possible digitization and guarantees that online services have the same validity as face-to-face services
  • It formalizes the legal framework for digital identification and trust services used in digital transactions
  • It establishes the supervision and responsibility guidelines that trust service providers must comply with
  • It simplifies access to public services and procedures with public administrations
  • It stimulates the creation of innovative digital services
  • It improves the online experience of EU citizens

From the point of view of companies, this regulation facilitates the digital transformation of their bureaucratic processes and allows them to reduce costs and time. As for users, this regulation translates into comfort and freedom of movement, without waiting and without travel, with full guarantees.

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