In 2009 the Federal Council, as part of the third phase of economic stabilisation measures, decided to promote a functioning and trustworthy electronic economic area. This also included the accelerated introduction of SuisseID as a digital passport and signature. In May 2010 it was finally launched in the form of a chip card and a USB stick.
On 8 May 2017 the SECO granted the trademark rights for SuisseID to SwissSign AG. SwissSign AG, the joint venture of Swiss Post and SBB, is now the owner of the SuisseID brand.
Concluding a contract essentially means declaring it legally valid with a signature. For documents in paper form this is done with a pen. With digital documents you use SuisseID to provide a legally valid signature. An electronic signature with SuisseID is equivalent to a handwritten signature and can be integrated without problem into existing processes. This saves time and money.
One single login
Many online services need a login for access to personal data. For you as a user this previously meant that you had to manage many different login methods, user names and passwords at the expense of security. For online services which offer login with SuisseID you can forget about the problem of your many user names and passwords. With SuisseID as a standard login you access many applications.
Authentication without handing over data sovereignty
On request and with the permission of the owner, SuisseID can electronically confirm additional information on the identity such as age, home town or gender. This electronic proof is done via the so-called «identity provider (IdP service)» of Swiss Post. One customer that uses this service is Swisslos: Thanks to the login with SuisseID and the IdP service, Swisslos recognises at all times who is using its online services and whether this person is of legal age and therefore has the right of use.
A scanned signature is not legally binding because it is not certified. SuisseID, however, contains a qualified electronic certificate which makes the electronic signature stored in it legally binding (according to the Swiss Code of Obligations, Art. 14, 2bis).
Yes. Qualified certificates like the ones SuisseID contains fulfil the requirements of the «Ordinance of the Swiss Federal Department of Finance on electronically transmitted data and information (ElDI-V)» and the «Company accounts decree (GeBüV)». This means you can also provide individual invoices with a VAT-compliant signature with SuisseID, for example.