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This is one of the most common questions we are asked. There is a clear difference between electronic signatures and digital signatures though, and confusingly digital signatures can be referred to as electronic signatures which does not help matters.
So what is the difference?
Digital signatures must provide a way to authenticate the signer’s identity.
This is done through the use of a unique PKI signing key for each user (PKI stands for Public Key Infrastructure, a technical framework of encryption and cybersecurity) and an associated digital certificate which acts as a digital identity embedded into every signature.
Graham is a partner in international law firm Bird & Bird LLP. He is based in London and is one of the UK's leading cyberlaw experts, with a practice encompassing advisory and contentious work in the internet, IT and intellectual property fields.
Every country has different regulations for the legality and validity of e-signatures. When dealing internationally it is important to understand country specific regulations to ensure contracts and agreements are valid.
We could write countless blogs on every country’s unique laws but for this blog we’re focusing on the recent eIDAS EU regulation and South Africa ECT Act and the differences between the two that are worth knowing.
We want to share a recent customer story with you from EuroCloud.
EuroCloud Europe is a pan-European non-profit organisation focusing on cloud computing. It fosters the development of a European Digital Single Market and has strong relationships with local governments and the European Commission.
eIDAS comes into effect across 28 EU Member States today. The regulation’s aim is to enable greater cross-border recognition of electronic Trust Services (eTS) and eIDs.
Corporate seals have been used by companies to protect paper documents from forgery for a long time. A document stamped with the company seal implied that it was officially from the company, i.e. the legal entity rather than a natural person such as the company director.
It is challenging to write about Safe Harbor, the international data sharing agreement, because the situation is changing daily. A replacement framework was announced in early February. Five days later, scepticism and confusion followed.
One of the most confusing aspects for an organisation wishing to deploy an e-signature solution is understanding the technical jargon that different providers use. There are many e-signature schemes being offered in the market, with significant differences in terms of security and trust.
However there is very little documentation that explains these different techniques and thus allows them to be compared and assessed for their suitability in meeting a particular business purpose. Due to our extensive research in this area we have developed a high-level eBook "Choosing the right type of e-signature" with key information that helps business managers and technical architects understand the various types of e-signature that exist.