In the last decade, a growing number of countries have adopted an electronic identity card. This offers citizens the potential to interact online with both local authorities and a number of companies that have committed to using the eID for their own authentication and signing purposes. The advantage of the eID being that, as it is emitted directly by the government, you can rely on the most authentic source of personal data possible. With the eIDAS regulation, governments choosing to rely on a QTSP to emit the signing certificates extend the possibility for citizens and businesses to use their eID to interact online across borders, with authorities and businesses from other countries from the European Union.

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