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TrustCloud Sign

TrustCloud’s Electronic Identity module covering all the market’s needs.

Your company will be able to use all the electronic signature solutions: simple, advanced, qualified and biometric through the different options included in TrustCloud in its TrustCloud Sign module, being able to launch for each transaction a signature typology and even several at the same time.

TrustCloud Sign is TrustCloud’s service in charge of managing the signature process from beginning to end, combining it with other secure digital transactions such as the signer’s identification or the validation of his identity document.

Signature Functionalities

Types of electronic signature

The most basic version of electronic signature is known as simple electronic signature, and the European Regulation eIDAS defines it as data in electronic format attached to other electronic data or logically associated with them that the signatory uses to sign.

We can find this type of signature in examples such as:

  • The signature with an electronic pencil when using a credit or debit card in a store.
  • Entering a username and password.
  • Using a coordinates card.

The advanced electronic signature is the electronic signature that enables the signatory to be identified (identity) and to detect any subsequent change in the signed data (integrity). It is also uniquely linked to the signatory and has been created by means that the signatory can keep under its exclusive control.

An advanced electronic signature based on a qualified digital certificate and generated by a secure signature-creation device is considered a qualified electronic signature (“qualified” under the previous regulations). A qualified electronic signature has the same value as a handwritten signature for data in electronic form as a paper signature. The qualified signature is the one generated, for example, with the digital certificates of the FNMT or the Chamber of Commerce (Camerfirma) and the electronic ID as long as it is carried out in a qualified HSM (Hardware Security Module) of a CA (Certificate Authority).

About eIDAS

Considering the importance of secure digital transactions, and with the aim of promoting a single digital market and establishing a Community legal framework for the use of electronic signatures and other trusted services, Regulation 910/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July 2014 on electronic identification and trusted services for electronic transactions in the internal market (“Regulation eIDAS“) was adopted.

This standard is fully applicable in all States Member of the European Union since July 2016, repealing both the previous Directive 1999/93/EC on electronic signatures and those national laws and regulations whose content is contrary to the provisions of eIDAS.

Difference between digital and electronic signature

Digital Signature

A digital signature is a cryptographic technology that allows the recipient of a digitally signed message to identify the entity that created the message (in order to authenticate the origin and not to be repudiated), and to confirm that the message has not been altered since it was signed by the sender of the document to the signature (i.e., to guarantee its integrity).

Electronic Signature

The digital signature is a more extended concept than the electronic signature, since it refers to a series of cryptographic methods, while the concept of “electronic signatureis fundamentally legal.

According to the legislation, the electronic signature is the set of data relating to a person recorded in electronic form, and that together with others or associated with them, can be used as a means of identification of the signatory.

Biometric signature

On the other hand, the biometric signature is a type of digital signature that makes use of the physical features of the signatory (fingerprint, iris, trace used when signing with a digital pencil…) to proceed to its identification.

The biometric signature is a technology that allows capturing the image of the handwritten signature through digital tablets with the biometric data of the signatory – speed, writing acceleration, pressure, inflections, direction changes and pencil movement.

These characteristics identify the signatory in a unique way as these are features that are inherent to the person and allow each individual to authenticate uniquely.

Application of the biometric signature

Like other electronic signatures, biometric signatures make it possible to sign documents without the need for paper. Any type of business or personal transaction can be done with this technology.

Through digitizing tablets (or other devices prepared for the biometric signature) the parties can conclude agreements, complete contracts, and all this with a high level of reliability similar to the handwritten signature on paper, with the same legal validity. This is because the document is saved not only with the signature of the signatory, but also with the biometric data of the same, which will be attached to the document. The entire set of evidence will be encrypted and properly stored to ensure its authenticity and security.

The biometric signature is a technology that allows capturing the image of the handwritten signature through digital tablets with the biometric data of the signatory – speed, writing acceleration, pressure, inflections, changes of direction and pencil movements. These characteristics identify the signatory in a unique way as these are features that are inherent to the person and allow each individual to authenticate uniquely.

Benefits of biometric signature

By being able to do most of the processes without paper, companies will have significant savings in costs, greater security and transparency.

In addition, biometric signature technology has the following advantages:

  • Fraud prevention: which is possible following the identification of the signatory at the time of signature.
  • Signature guarantee: the signature process does not allow the completion of a signature process until all requested signatures have been captured.
  • Document and signature audit: the technology facilitates the verification of the authenticity of the documents and their respective signatures.
  • Improved processes: digital processes improve all types of personal or professional management, increasing their efficiency and transparency.
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