Estonia’s digital signature system has paved the way for some of its most useful e-services including Company Registration Portal, the nation’s groundbreaking i-voting system, electronic tax filing and DigiDoc – essentially any services that require signatures for their validity.
Because e-Estonia’s infrastructure is an open system, new services can always be integrated. Businesses can freely use the digital signature system as well, and have applied it to a variety of web-based services.
Estonia boasts one of the world’s most advanced digital signature systems thanks to two crucial developments:
In March 2000, Parliament passed a law giving electronic signatures the same legal weight as traditional paper signatures.
The nation’s groundbreaking electronic ID infrastructure has created an effective and universal system for secure identification.
When a website offers the digital signature option:
The user has entered the information to be signed (tax declaration, ballot choices, contracts, etc.).
The site asks the user if they would like to digitally sign the information.
If the user clicks ‘yes’, a window from a third-party Certificate Center pops up, asking for the PIN codes connected to the user’s electronic ID Card.
The Certificate Center verifies the codes and sends a confirmation back to the website.
[Source: e-estonia.com]last edited by Kaspar Triebstok
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