- In most European countries, the USA, and a growing number of countries around the world, legislation is in place to encourage the rapid adoption of electronic signatures and reduce the use of antiquated paper method
- The following acts reinforce the validity of electronic agreements.
- 2000 U.S. Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN)
- Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA)
- For example, ESIGN states that a contract "may not be denied legal effect, validity, or enforceability solely because an electronic signature or electronic record was used in its formation."
Not at all. A static image, or a photo of a signature will help make signature information more accessible, but it does not provide as many benefits as capturing the signature directly in an electronic form without printing. Document scanners use CCD sensors to read the image of a handwritten signature as color and brightness information of individual pixels. The signature is recorded as static image data only. The appearance of a signature alone is not a secure criterion, because the individual dynamic parameters of the signature are missing. Signature pads take security to the next level by analyzing the signature as it is handwritten on a sensor panel using a special pen. In addition to the appearance of the signature, they record biometric parameters such as acceleration, pressure progression and the angle of the pen while signing, thereby producing a kind of a “digital fingerprint”. This fingerprint is as individual and unique as its owner, and together with a digital certificate, is today the safest method of reading electronic signatures.