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Smart-ID signatures now legally equivalent to handwritten signature

Signatures provided via the Smart-ID authentication application developed by Estonia's SK ID Solutions now have the same legal value as a handwritten signature across the entire EU, upgrading its status to equal to digital signatures provided via Estonian ID card or Mobile-ID.

The application allows for the creation of Smart-ID signatures which are recognised in all EU member states as legally equivalent to a handwritten signature. In Estonia, that means that Smart-ID digital signatures are equal to those already in use using the SIM card-based Mobile-ID or Estonia’s electronic ID card, SK ID Solutions announced, ERR News writes.

“The fact that Smart-ID was certified as a product offers new opportunities for future application that would have otherwise remained unattainable,” SK ID Solutions CEO Kalev Pihl said in a press release on Thursday. “It is a guarantee for e-services providers as well as users that Smart-ID is worth of the trust it has already been earning.”

Pihl added that SK intends to continue having its Smart-ID application assessed in EU member states where the service is to be made available. This has not previously been possible as the relevant judicial area is still being established.

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