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Latest News from tScheme [22.07.2016]

[22.07.2016] The UK Electronic Identification and Trust Services for Electronic Transactions Regulations 2016 to implement the supervisory body and penalty regime requirements of Regulation (EU) 910/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions come into force.

[01.07.2016] UK publishes new list of Trusted Service Providers in compliance with eIDAS Regulation.

[01.07.2016] Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July 2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market and repealing Directive 1999/93/EC (eIDAS) comes into effect for Trust Services.

[21.10.2014] We can now confirm that the first of the Identity Providers (IDPs) under the Government’s Identity Assurance Program has been awarded its Grant of Approval.

[15.04.2013] For all of you following the progress of the Identity Assurance Program being run out of the Government Digital Service in the Cabinet Office, a new blog has just been posted emphasising the importance of ‘Certification’ as the means of ensuring the delivery of assured identities by the Identity Providers to the relying Government services. Visit the Identity Assurance blog to get the latest update.

[01.02.2013] tScheme is again pleased to announce another Approval. Experian Limited has successfully completed the tScheme Approval process and ‘ID Safe’ is now an Approved Service.

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Electronic Signatures

tScheme was initially established to provide a voluntary approval scheme for providers of the cryptographic elements necessary to underpin the use of Digital Signatures, which are a particular type of the more general class of Electronic Signatures. For more information on this topic, please read our Guide to Securing Electronic Transactions. For more information on tScheme, how and why it was established and how it operates - follow the link About tScheme.


What does the tScheme mark represent?

People and organisations need to have trust in e-Commerce. To this end, new commercial security services, generally called "trust services", are being introduced to help defend against fraud and loss of privacy. So we all need to be confident that these Trust Service Providers, or TSPs, will deliver the services they claim to offer honestly and expertly.

tScheme is the independent, non-profit making, industry led body set up to approve these services and provide that confidence. Membership of tScheme is now actively encouraged across all interested sectors of UK industry, and a broad range of organisations are already represented and contributing to our development. Contributions from representatives of the end user community who need to rely on Trust services are particularly welcome.

As awareness of e-security grows then an increasing number of end users and relying parties are looking for extra assurance before committing to online transactions. In particular they will look for a web seal to show that a website operates to particular standards. In the same way, the tScheme Mark acts as a trust seal to show that the service provider is following best practice.

When a trust service carries the tScheme mark, you can be secure in the knowledge that:



For each service, tScheme approval is regularly reviewed and may be withdrawn.

For further information, or to discuss membership, please contact tScheme



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