The digital signature is a factor that simplifies and accelerates the digital transformation of administrative processes. Read the whitepaper “The digital signature: an enabler of digital transformation” now to learn more about the encryption process and how it is anchored in the Swiss Federal Electronic Signature Act (ZertES) and the European eIDAS regulation.
In the field of digital signatures, three types of signatures are often mentioned – the simple (SES), the advanced (AES) and the qualified electronic signature (QES). The SES and AES are not regulated in Swiss law and have no legal significance. Only the QES is regulated by law in Switzerland and therefore has the only and highest legal effect.
eSignR exclusively uses the qualified electronic signature, which is 100% equivalent to the hand signature in Switzerland as well as in the EU and thus carries the maximum probative force.
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Before you can use the qualified electronic signature (QES) in accordance with Swiss (ZertES) and European (eIDAS) law, you must be identified at an official Swisscom Trust Services registration office. In Switzerland, the identification must be done on site and in Europe there is, among others, the possibility of online identification. This process is unique for the duration of the identification document presented at the time of identification.
For companies, there is the option of carrying out their own employee identification via the Swisscom RA app. You can find more information here.
Don’t trust blindly: We recommend that you always check the validity of electronically signed documents you receive. This way you are always protected. For documents that must comply with Swiss law, we recommend that you use the signature validator of the Swiss Confederation. For documents that must comply with European law, we recommend you use the signature validator of the Austrian Rundfunk und Telekom Regulierungs-GmbH.