Universign, Trust Service Provider, at your service!
Before we define the concept of a Trust Service Provider, let’s take a look at the trust services themselves, which are the DNA of our business.
What is a trust service ?
Trust services are also defined under Article 3 of the eIDAS European regulation. This is an electronic service which consists of:
- The creation, verification and approval of electronic signatures, seals and timestamps, and certification relating to these services;
- The storage of electronic signatures and seals, or the certification relating to these services.
Universign, Trust Service Provider
The 2016 eIDAS European regulation created the Trust Service Provider (TSP) status, offering recognised services throughout the Eurozone. It’s also Article 3 of this regulation which defines the concept of a TSP. This is a “natural or legal person who supplies one or more trust services, as a qualified or non-qualified Trust Service Provider”. To become a qualified TSP, you must provide qualified trust services and obtain this status from a supervisory body, like the French ANSSI. Universign is an eIDAS European regulation-qualified Trust Service Provider. As such, Universign guarantees fully compliant, secure and fair digital transactions.
Universign’s role as a Trust Service Provider is also to provide all security guarantees, including legal guarantees, in order to offer electronic signature services that grant evidentiary value to signed documents.
Assuring a principle of fairness and protecting users’ identities
Universign is a long-standing actor in the trust services market and has always employed the principle of fairness and neutrality in the processing of signatories and clients.
Furthermore, Universign fully assumes its role as a Trust Service Provider by ensuring the control of data linked to the identity of users.
Regulatory compliance is at the heart of Universign’s business strategy
Universign is a TSP, qualified in accordance with the eIDAS European regulation which replaces the 1999 European directive on the electronic signature, and its national transpositions. It supports the deployment of a unified regulatory framework at a cross-European level.
Consult the list of Trust Service Providers
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force on 25 May 2018. Universign’s secure treatment of client’s personal data and the guarantee of users’ rights over their data comply with the requirements of the GDPR.
View the Universign Personal Data Protection Policy.
The French National Agency for Computer Security (known as ANSSI) is the national supervisory authority for TSPs, for which it issues accreditation. Universign holds ANSSI-issued security certificates, which allow users to easily identify the most trustworthy IT solutions.
The Information Technologies Security (LSTI), is an independent compliance assessment body, authorised by ANSSI to offer accreditation to Trust Service Providers. Universign is regularly audited by LSTI in France and Belgium.
European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). This standardisation institute for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), acting across Europe, defines the rules and standards for fixed, mobile, broadcasting and internet technologies, including the electronic signature. As a member of ETSI, Universign actively contributes to the definition of standards, good practices and audits with regard to trust services.
Universign is part of the AATL programme and its signatures are recognised by Adobe®Acrobat®Reader®DC. Universign is a member of the Cloud Signature Consortium.
The Universign technical infrastructure is located in France, with a high level of security, guaranteeing the protection of exchanges of data and cryptographic keys. Through a robust system, it offers you the guarantee of service continuity, with a rate of availability of more than 99.9%.