Having registered with Cleverbase, you can put qualified electronic signatures on documents using the mobile Authenticate app. These e-signatures have the same legal force as pen-and-paper signatures. They are recognised by Dutch and European authorities, and accepted by companies and institutions. Read how they work below.
Cleverbase is an actor within PKIoverheid, the Public Key Infrastructure for the Dutch government that has been set up in accordance with Dutch and European legislation. Private individuals and companies can use PKIoverheid for electronic signatures, electronic authentication, and reliable, confidential electronic data exchange, mutually and with the government.
Personal PKIoverheid certificates and Cleverbase
In order to be able to put qualified e-signatures on documents or securely identify yourself online, you must apply for the proper personal certificates with a Qualified Trust Service Provider (QTSP) such as Cleverbase. All QTSPs must comply with the same strict requirements regarding information security. A PKIoverheid certificate is valid for 3 years.
Cleverbase and the Authenticate app
You can use your certificates for e-signatures or online identification only with the secret keys that are linked to them, combined with appropriate software on your computer. In order to operate the keys, you must use the Authenticate app on your smartphone and enter a secret pin code of your choice. Therefore, it is important to keep this pin code safe, lest others could pretend to be you online or e-sign documents in your name.
Should you lose your phone or forget your pin code, you must immediately withdraw your certificates to prevent misuse.