Qualified signatures give your e-business an identity
Since 1994, Deutsche Telekom AG has operated a Trust Center, which in 1998 became the first in Germany to be approved by the Regulatory Authorities for Telecommunications and Posts (now the Federal Network Agency (BundesnetzagenturThe Federal Network Agency (German: Bundesnetzagentur, BNetzA) is the German regulatory office for electricity, gas, telecommunications, post and railway markets. It is a federal government agency of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and headquartered in Bonn.
)) to issue certificates for digital signatures in accordance with the German Signature Act (SigGThe Signature Act (short SigG or SigG 2001) of 16 May 2001, intended to create a regulatory for electronic signatures. It superseeded the Signature Act from 22 July 1997)
). At the beginning of 1999, a Public Key Service (PKS), a service in the meaning of the 1997 SigG, was established with this authorization.
Whether signing contracts, safeguarding e-commerce or protecting data records from manipulation, all of these are enabled by a qualified electronic signature in accordance with the German Digital Signature Act. It can also be used for complete mapping of processes to electronic forms. A high level of security and traceability is reached here through the use of a qualified signature.
Through special job-related attributes, special functions (e.g., doctors, lawyers or notaries) can also be securely mapped with the qualified electronic signature. Below are some possible applications for electronic signatures in accordance with the German Digital Signature Act.