Electronic seals are technically comparable to electronic signatures. The main difference is that they are assigned to legal persons, while electronic signatures belong to natural persons. While a declaration of intent can be made with the latter, electronic seals of an institution serve as proof of origin: they can be used wherever a personal signature is not necessary, but proof of authenticity is desired.
Thus, electronic seals enable efficient and intelligent electronic workflows. When legal or other authorities or companies electronically seal documents, they are permanently recognizable as the sender and protect the integrity of the data in a trustworthy manner.
The electronic seal has a high evidential value in Europe through the eIDAS Ordinance and in Switzerland through the Federal Act on the Electronic Signature (ZertES).