Secure authentication. Easy signing.

Penneo provides multiple signing methods that support several eID service providers, and we're constantly working on developing new integrations to other countries. Signing documents with your digital ID via Penneo is easy - just log in, and you're good to go!

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Penneo signing methods

Can I use Penneo with my national eID?

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What signing methods does Penneo offer?

You can choose between three options: eID, Touch signature, and OpenID via your Google account.

If you opt for eID authentication, a window will open to let you choose your specific national digital ID. You can currently choose between NemID in Denmark, BankID in Norway, BankID in Sweden, or itsme® in Belgium.

If you want to sign with Touch, you can either draw your signature on the tablet or computer, upload a picture of your signature or create a text-based signature, which means typing your name in the appropriate field.

If you choose to sign via Google, you will be forwarded to your Google login where you put in your email and password; after completing the login you can create an Open ID signature via Penneo with your Google account.

Do they have the same legal value?

Not exactly, as not all of them provide the same level of security. All options enable the creation of electronic signatures, but not all electronic signatures are equally valid and enforceable from a legal perspective.

Signer identity Verification
Two-factor Authentication
Content Integrity
eIDAS compliant Digital signature

A Touch signature is much safer than a conventional pen-made signature, as both the IP address of the signer and the date and time of the signature are registered and become an integral part of the final digital document. As a result, content integrity and non-alteration are still ensured.

However, it is not as secure as one made with an e-ID, nor it does meet the eIDAS Regulation requirements – therefore, we only recommend using it as a last resort.

An OpenID signature created via a Google account is valid based on the information embedded in the final digital document, namely the signer's full name, IP address, and public certificate. It provides an additional layer of security compared to the touch signature because 2FA is required.

However, this signing method may prove vulnerable to phishing and identity theft, and it may be difficult to establish the authenticity of the binding between a public key and its owner. We only recommend using it when employing an e-ID is not possible.

In addition to preserving the content integrity of the digitally signed document, the signature via eID provides certainty on the signer’s identity. Hence, it enables the creation of a digital signature as defined by the eIDAS Regulation, making an advanced e-signature with the same legal standing as a hand-made signature – in the European Union and around the world.

For the creation of eIDAS-compliant digital signatures, Penneo only allows the use of Digital IDs issued by Trusted Service Providers (TSPs) or Certificate Authorities (CAs) that are included in the EU Trusted List.

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