The legal status of malleable- and functional signatures in light of Regulation (EU) No 910/2014

Title

The legal status of malleable- and functional signatures in light of Regulation (EU) No 910/2014

Authors

F.W.J. v. Geelkerken (Swedish Institute for legal informatics, Stockholm University), H. C. Pöhls (Institute of IT-Security and Security Law, University of Passau), S. Fischer-Hübner (HumanIT, Karlstad University)

Abstract

In this article, we analyse the legal status of malleable- and functional signatures in light of 910/2014/EU. Both these forms of signatures possess beneficial properties which already legally acknowledged signatures do not. Namely, they allow subsequent changes by authorised parties to for instance anonymise or remove personal data from signed documents. We conclude that the legal status of both these forms of electronic signatures is – depending on cryptographic properties of the malleable- or functional signature as well as the chosen signature-scheme – similar to that of a qualified electronic signature.

Venue

LPS 2015: 3rd International Academic Conference of Young Scientists "Law and Psychology 2015" (http://ukrscience.org/lps)

Place and Date

Lviv, Ukraine, November 26-28, 2015.

Publication Reference

F.W.J. v. Geelkerken, H. C. Pöhls and S. Fischer-Hübner. The legal status of malleable- and functional signatures in light of Regulation (EU) No 910/2014. In Proc. of 3rd International Academic Conference of Young Scientists "Law and Psychology 2015" (LPS 2015), L'viv Polytechnic Publishing House, 2015.

Bibtex

@inproceedings{geelkerkenpoehlsfischerhuebnerLPS15,
Author    = {F.W.J. van Geelkerken and Henrich C. P\"ohls and Simone Fischer-H\"ubner},
Title     = {{The legal status of malleable- and functional signatures in light of Regulation (EU) No 910/2014}},
Booktitle = {{Proc. of 3rd International Academic Conference of Young Scientists "Law and Psychology 2015" (LPS 2015)}},
Year      = {2015},
Month     = {Nov.},
Publisher = {L'viv Polytechnic Publishing House} }