In the digital age, we try to do as many things as possible online. This has been made very easy over the past years, including the possibility to sign documents and make contracts over the internet.
Thus, today, we want to have a closer look at the electronic signature.
Information About The Electronic Signature
First of all, what is an electronic signature?
Also known as e-signature, an electronic signature is data used by someone to sign a paper, contract, permission or the like. From a legal point of view, these e-signatures are just as valid as a “normal” signature as long as certain regulations are adhered to.
The electronic signature isn’t a new concept. In fact, in the 1980’s signatures via telegraph have been acknowledged by law.
Forms Of The Electronic Signatures
Other than writing down your name in a unique fashion, electronic signatures can be given in various other ways, such as:
- signing using a digital device with a pen pad
- entering a pin code (Personal Identification Number)
- signing electronic documents
- agreements and confirmations given via e-mail
The Difference Between Digital & Electronic Signature
Sometimes, these two terms – digital signature and electronic signature – are used interchangeably. However, there are several differences between the two. The most prominent ones are listed below.
|Digital Signature||Electronic Signature|
|Used to secure a document without giving an actual signature that represents a name.||Functions like a “real” signature that verifies a document or signs a contract.|
|Can be verified and thus provides high levels of authenticity.||Cannot be verified and is thus regarded as less authentic.|
|Commonly provided by Adobe or Microsoft.||Easy to use since it can be given verbally, via electronic ticks or a scanned signature.|