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The various levels of electronic signature
The various levels of electronic signature
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How does Yousign meet the requirements of the simple electronic signature?

The European eIDAS Regulation defines electronic signature as “data in electronic form which is attached to or logically associated with other data in electronic form and which is attached to or logically associated with other data in electronic form and which is used by the signatory to sign.

Since the requirements for a simple electronic signature are relatively low, you can add an authentication step using a code received by text message. In addition, while the establishment of an audit trail is not mandatory at this level, Yousign generates one in order to trace the various steps of the procedure. This audit trail consists of the signatory’s email address and telephone number, the IP address of the computer used to sign the document, etc.

Learn how to create your first signature request here.

How does Yousign meet the requirements of the advanced electronic signature?

According to Article 26 of the eIDAS Regulation, the advanced electronic signature must meet the following requirements:

  • it is uniquely linked to the signatory;

  • it is capable of identifying the signatory;

  • it is created using electronic signature creation data that the signatory can, with a high level of confidence, use under his or her sole control; and

  • it is linked to the data signed therewith in such a way that any subsequent change in the data is detectable.

To meet these various requirements, Yousign:

  • issues a personal certificate associating the signature creation data with a natural person;

  • verifies the signatory’s identity document;

  • authenticates the signatory using a code received by telephone; and

  • generates an audit trail archived with a trusted third party ensuring the integrity of the signature within the PDF.

👉 Click here to learn how to send a request with the advanced electronic signature.

Which level of electronic signature should I choose?

The level of electronic signature to be considered must match your needs. Not all documents can be signed in the same way because certain documents require a specific structure and format.

The eIDAS Regulation offers a wide range for any type of use. The main differences between the three levels of electronic signature lie in the ease of implementation and the level of technical and legal security.

To choose the signature level, we recommend a 3-step methodology:

  1. analyse the legal context to identify the constraints and risks of using an electronic signature;

  2. analyse the other types of risks and opportunities (impact in terms of productivity, financial issues, etc.);

  3. choose the electronic signature level by reconciling use (more or less simple and fast) and the security needs of the transaction.

To help you, don’t hesitate to read our article on the various levels of electronic signature here.

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