HISTORY OF CERTIFICATION SERVICES
On 19 April 2005 the Cabinet adopts for information the informative report “Regarding the Progress of Implementation of the Electronic Signature” submitted by the Secretariat of the Special Assignments Minister for Electronic Government Affairs (SSAMEGA) and assigns to SSAMEGA, in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Justice, to develop the draft concept on selection of a safe electronic signature carrier and implementation of a safe electronic signature in the Republic of Latvia.
Decision adopted by the Cabinet by the minutes of 19 April 2005 determines for SSAMEGA to commence consultations with various interested persons on the possible solutions for implementation of a safe electronic signature in Latvia, but on 26 April 2005 the Cabinet makes amendments to this decision made by the minutes and assigns SSAMEGA to commence consultations right with SIA Lattelekom and VAS Latvijas Pasts. On 14 June 2005 the Cabinet adopts for information and approves the report of SSAMEGA “Regarding agreement for implementation of a safe electronic signature in Latvia”. It is said in the report of SSAMEGA that during the consultations the parties have made a conclusion that the optimum solution for implementation of a safe electronic signature is cooperation between Latvijas pasts, VAS Latvijas Pasts and SIA Lattelekom for implementation of measures approved in the schedule for implementation of a safe electronic signature.
SSAMEGA developed and agreed with VAS Latvijas Pasts and SIA Lattelekom a triangular draft cooperation agreement “Regarding implementation of measures for implementation of a safe electronic signature”, where the schedule of measures for implementation of the electronic signature approved by the Cabinet meeting on 3 May 2005 shall become as an integral.
In accordance with the cooperation model planed by the parties, VAS Latvijas Pasts shall become as a reliable certification service provider by fulfilling the requirements set by regulatory enactments of the Republic of Latvia for establishment and accreditation of a certification authority and providing with the certification service. SIA Lattelekom shall become as the technology partner, providing with a safe and certified information technology infrastructure necessary for provision of certification services and operation thereof in accordance with the requirements of regulatory enactments of the Republic of Latvia. In order to fulfil the agreement, the Latvian state shall provide the certification service provider with the data processing possibility with the data of the Population Register. The Latvian state shall provide the funding to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs for establishment and maintenance of the infrastructure necessary for the use of the electronic signature. Pursuant to delegation of the Cabinet, the state administration authority shall coordinate implementation of electronic services for state administration and shall provide with the procurement of the electronic signature carrier for employees of state and municipal authorities.
During the course of consultations VAS Latvijas Pasts and SIA Lattelekom agree that they will continue cooperation in accordance with the Protocol of Intentions signed on 3 February 2004 between SIA Lattelekom and BO VAS Latvijas Pasts. It stipulates agreement regarding establishment of the certification services provider, in accordance with the requirements of the Electronic Documents Law.
Under the Cabinet Order No. 714 “Regarding selection of a safe electronic signature carrier and implementation of a safe electronic signature in the Republic of Latvia”, adopted on 7 November 2005, the newly established concept of SSAMEGA regarding selection of a safe electronic signature carrier and implementation of a safe electronic signature in the Republic of Latvia was approved. The smart card and USB bus token were discussed in the concept as the possible safe electronic signature carriers. The smart card was selected as the solution to be supported, mentioning as one of the arguments a possibility to use the acquired experience for further precurse of development tools of a safe electronic signature in identity cards (eID).
On 28 May 2008 the Cabinet adopted the proposal of the Ministry of Transport regarding alienation of the certification services from VAS Latvijas Pasts and delivery to LVRTC.
The 10 000 000th eSIGNATURE
In November 2015 the threshold of 10 million was exceeded for documents, which had ever been signed by an eSignature. This document was signed by employee of the Latvia State Forests.
DEVELOPMENT OF eSIGNATURE
On 31 May 2009 LVRTC took over provision of certification services.
in 2010 LVRTC in cooperation with Itella Information starts to offer mass signature solution for electronic documents within the framework of a pilot project, which enables to sign a huge number of documents very fast, by entering a single pin code. Thanks to the new service, even 5500 documents may be signed electronically within one hour.
In February 2011 LVRTC implements eSignature on the internet environment, which is a unique solution not only in Latvia, but also in Europe - it may be used on the internet environment and does not require a special equipment or software.
At the same time a new virtual e-signature portal www.eparaksts.lv is introduced. Already half a year after implementation of it the safe virtual eSignature receives the prestige annual award of the ICT Platin Mouse 2011 in the category «E-management and e-services».
As of 1 April 2012 the personal identity cards or electronic identity cards (eID) are started to be issued in the Republic of Latvia. eID cards include 120 signatures with a time seal without additional charge. In order to perform signing of documents with eID card, a person needs a card reader and the first 3000 eID card users, when receiving their eID cards, receive also a card reader free of charge.
In June 2013 LVRTC starts to provide with two new possibilities for business needs - eSeal and eSignature for team. eSeal - provides an opportunity for companies to certify authenticity of electronic documents, while eSignature for team provides companies with the long-awaited possibility to pay for eSignature of their employees on the portal www.eparaksts.lv.
On 4 November 2013 LVRTC starts to issue to its customers business eSignature smartcards of new generation - eSignature cards 5G. They have not only a contemporary design, but provide with a possibility to place a chip into the mini card reader, which is included in the price and may be connected to the computer in a convenient and simple way - like a USB memory.
On 5 December 2014 a step is made towards the direction of a common Baltic’s e-document space - an updated eSignature software, which offers now to multilaterally sign documents also with partners of other Baltic states, who have eSignature available on eID cards. It is being used already a week later, when during the 16th annual conference of the Latvian Information Technology and Telecommunications Association (LITTA) the first cross-country e-document is being historically signed - a cooperation memorandum between the associations of ICT industries of Latvia and Estonia and ITL (Estonian Information Technology and Telecommunication Association).
THE FIRST ELECTRONICALLY SIGNED DOCUMENT
The first document was signed with an electronic signature in Latvia on 4 October 2006. It was performed by the Prime Minister Aigars Kalvītis, who signed the minutes of the 50th annual meeting of the government by an eSignature.
The prime minister received also the first eSignature smart card, which was presented to him by Gints Škodovs, the Director General of Latvijas Pasts.
THE FIRST REMOTELY REGISTERED COMPANY
On 22 June 2010 the Register of Enterprises registered the first SIA, for which the process of registration was completely performed electronically. On 1 December 2010 29 083 e-signature smart cards and 854 746 time seals were issued in Latvia.
E-PUBLICATION WITH eSIGNATURE
On 3 July 2012 the first official e-gazette Latvijas Vēstnesis is issued by using a mass document signing opportunity with a safe electronic signature - eSignature. Until that the official gazette Latvijas Vēstnesis was available only in a printed format. With eSignature it is possible to ensure legal certainty of e-gazette, and now it has the same legal force as the printed one.
eSEAL FOR CUSTOMERS OF THE BANK
On 12 June 2014 Swedbank implemented electronic certification of documents through online banking of Swedbank with an eSeal. In order to receive official certification on copies of payment orders, customers do not have to go to the branch of the bank or send a fax in order to receive bank account statements or reports.