Did you say sealing? Don’t you mean signing?
No, not really. When you sign a document electronically, it’s called “digital signing” or “electronic signing”. It has the same effect as signing a paper document with a pen, like when you sign the papers to buy a house or your employment contract. The actual act of signing a document digitally can take many forms: For example, when you approve a document as a task in a content management system, write your signature on a tablet, or enter your eID pincode on an application asking if you agree to sign.
But how can you make it stick? Which methods or procedures assure you that it’s a valid signature? Indeed, “valid” means different things in different contexts: inside your organization, you may have agreed internally that approving a documentary workflow task means signing the related document even though you do not actually print it out and ink-sign it. And then, what about the legal effect of a digitally signed document? Would it be accepted in a court of law just as the ink-signed paper version would be?
Together with the validity of the signature comes the question of the authenticity of the person signing and thus the digital identification. Am I who I say I am? Can somebody else do it? This is ofcourse crucial if you digitally sign a contract. In Belgium, we have an electronic ID card, the eID, that assures our identity with a pin code. Other European countries ...Read More.
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