A qualified time stamp is the technological instrument that the European Union has adopted to validate that a document was created before a certain date and that has not been modified since then, thus giving legal validity to multiple types of online contracts.
If you want to know more about the applicable legislation, you can consult the eIDAS Regulation, abbreviation of EU Regulation 910/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council, of July 23, 2014, regarding electronic identification and trust services in electronic transactions for the internal market, which entered into force from July 1, 2016. With it, the existing legal framework was modified to give an important boost to the use of the qualified electronic signature and stamp, being able to easily verify, for example, the exact moment of issuance of an invoice, if a claim was filed on time, the time from which an insurance officially covers us, etc.
The qualified time stamp provides an added value to the use of digital signature since it alone does not provide any information about when it was created, and in the event that the signer includes it, it would have been provided by one of the interested parties, when it is advisable that the timestamp be provided by a trusted third party.
NeoCheck has the necessary technical infrastructure to provide qualified electronic time stamp services and has a long experience in the sector subject to the provisions of current legislation. The definition of the qualified time stamp service is based on the specifications of the IETF-PKIX RFC-3161 standard.
Safe Time Source:
To associate the data with a specific time in the timeline it is necessary to use a Qualified Time Stamp Authority (QTSA) as a trusted third party. Said moment will be obtained by a secure time source, which in the case of the seal that NeoCheck sells is that of the Royal Observatory of the Navy that provides the basis of legal time throughout the national territory (RD 23 October 1992, No. 1308 / 1992).
Once the timestamp is received, it is distributed to the Digital Dates Authority using the NTP (Network Time Protocol) protocol with an accuracy of up to several microseconds.
Standards and norms:
The rule that governs the time-stamping service is ISO / IEC 18014. For the area of Public Administrations, the Public Sector Contracting Law 30/2007 in article 42 of Title 1 specifies the need for the agencies public to disseminate their profile of contracting through Internet and that the computer system that supports this profile has a device that allows to reliably prove the moment of beginning of the dissemination of information.
To comply with this law with its technical requirements, implies that only the stamps issued by a recognized Certification Service Provider can offer the reliability required by the Law.
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