Birkenwerder, 2012-02-08

 Mentana-Claimsoft GmbH, a subsidiary of the market-listed Francotyp-Postalia Holding AG (FP), meets the data protection requirements of the German De-Mail Act. This was confirmed by the German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI), Peter Schaar, who has now issued the company with the corresponding certificate.

Two out of three steps complete

For the subsidiary, this certification is another important step towards accreditation as a De-Mail service provider. With this move, Federal Data Protection Commissioner Schaar has signalled that the De-Mail service to be provided by FP via Mentana-Claimsoft in future is consistent with data protection legislation. The basis for his positive assessment was an expert report that examined the fulfilment of the requirements set out in the De-Mail criteria catalogue.

In December 2011, Mentana-Claimsoft GmbH became the first future De-Mail provider to receive ISO 27001 certification on the basis of IT baseline protection from the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). This confirms the security of the De-Mail infrastructure of the FP subsidiary. ”With the second certification that we have now received from the BfDI, our goal of sending the first official De-Mails in the near future is within our grasp,” commented Andreas Drechsler, member of the Management Board of Francotyp-Postalia Holding AG.

The final hurdle

Now there is only one more certificate that the BSI must issue to Mentana-Claimsoft GmbH, recognising the existence of a performance and operability test. ”We hope that the rest of the process will be completed quickly and that we will soon have accreditation as a De-Mail provider in our hands. We will then present the business model at CeBIT,” Drechsler continued.

De-Mail increases the level of security when exchanging documents electronically. It is a legally binding and secure communication infrastructure by which digital letters can be sent with special legal effect in Germany. The De-Mail Act provides the legal basis for this. De-Mail is of particular interest to senders who otherwise send documents in physical format, such as authorities and companies. Reminders, invoices, delivery notes, confirmations of orders, notifications, personal data or registered post with advice of receipt are examples of important mail that can be delivered completely electronically and in a legally binding manner by De-Mail in future.