Service users and third parties make binding decisions on the basis of trust services. Therefore, the users of these services trust the information issued by the service provider. Trust services include, for example, digital signature verification, digital signature formed by a service, etc.
Trust services are regulated by Regulation (EU) no. 910/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July 2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market (the eIDAS regulation).
The European Union has the following trust services:
- issuing and life cycle management of personal certificates
- provision of timestamp services
- creation of e-signatures
- verification of e-signatures
- storage of e-signatures
- e-data exchange service
- issuing certificates for web servers
eIDAS establishes the requirements and conditions for all digital trust services and aspects of electronic identity and signature/stamping. Read more about eIDAS and digital signatures.
Trust services are provided by (qualified) trust service providers who correspond to the established requirements and have been registered in the list of trust service providers.
Trust service providers in Estonia are SK ID Solutions AS (eID and timestamping) and GuardTime AS (timestamping).
RIA mediates timestamping services to Estonia’s public sector institutions.