Guarantee document integrity with a Time Stamping Authority
EDICOM offers electronic timestamping services as a Certification Authority and Qualified Trust Service Provider
What is qualified electronic time stamping?
The electronic timestamp certifies that a series of data have existed and remain unaltered since a specific moment in time.
There are many uses for digital timestamping, such as certified invoice scanning, safekeeping of all types of e-documents and any process that needs to certify that certain electronic data were present at a given time in the form they were presented to the timestamping authority.
In electronic timestamping, the Qualified Trust Service Provider acts as a third party testifying to the existence of certain electronic data at a specific date and time. It is a mechanism applied to numerous e-documents such as invoices, orders, business transactions and financial bookkeeping records.
The eIDAS regulation states that a qualified electronic timestamp must meet these requirements:
By means of electronic timestamping, the qualified trust service provider certifies that certain given data have existed from a specific date and time.
Timestamp application process for a given document:
The client application must obtain the document summary, fingerprint or hash and make a timestamping request in accordance with the RFC3161 protocol. If the client does not have a framework in the EDICOM B2B platform, they can send their request via web services.
The timestamp is applied (with the document hash) when the message is received. To this end, the service has a time source in synch with the UTC universal time scale.
EDICOM’s signature is added as the Certification Authority, as well as the certificate.
The signed timestamp is returned to the client. At this point, EDICOM offers a document safekeeping service to archive originals on high-availability platforms.
Benefits of using time stamping
- An electronic timestamp provides documents with legal proof that they have remained unaltered since the moment this security mechanism was applied.
- It also guarantees the full integrity of an archived document, warranting that its content has not been modified or altered from the moment the timestamp was applied.
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An e-signature guarantees source authenticity, i.e., the identity of the document owner. EDICOM is a qualified trust service provider certified to offer the qualified e-signature certificate service.