The electronic signature provides evidence of digital identity and secures internet transactions. The current SwissID technology will be replaced by a new solution based on SwissID.
SuisseID is the first standardized product in Switzerland that provides secure proof of one’s digital identity. It is the equivalent of an identity card or a passport on the internet.
Launched at the initiative of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, SuisseID provides secure authentication on websites while guaranteeing the legally valid signature of documents such as invoices, contracts or emails.
SuisseID, therefore, makes it possible to secure digital transactions between companies, between individuals and companies and even between citizens and government agencies.
Stop sales on 31 December 2019
Due to regulatory requirements and changing market needs, SwissSign Group has decided to discontinue the sale of SuisseID as of 31 December 2019.
New SuisseID cards can be ordered as usual from postsuisseid.ch until 31 December 2019.
Extensions and replacements of defective SuisseID cards are possible until 15 February 2020. The number of available SuisseID cards is limited, extensions and replacements are only possible while stocks last.
Validity until 15 December 2021 at the latest
Existing SuisseID services such as qualified electronic signatures and authentications can be used until 15 December 2021.
Developing the new solution
The current smart card-based solution will be replaced, in the long term, by the new solution based on SwissID. SwissID has the advantage that it works without hardware and forms a continuously growing ecosystem that gives customers access to a variety of services and providers.
The legal bases of SuisseID
The electronic signature is regulated by the Federal Law on Certification Services for the electronic signature and other digital certificates applications (Electronic Signature Act, SCSE, in German Bundesgesetz über die elektronische Signatur, ZertES)
Source: SwissSign Group (Letter dated 23 October 2019)