eSignatures-evolution & legal aspects

Nowadays, digital workflows are increasingly gaining importance. The community of early adopters is growing fast and expects to interact with companies in adigital way. In order to respond to these customer needs and as such be in the front line of the market competition, companies are digitizing their internal and external communication processes.

However, once they’ve put an electronic workflow into practice, they face the fact that many counterparts still print their documents and sign them on paper. Signatures are generally used to authorize, to comply with regulations or to enhance security. Thus while necessary and sometimes mandatory, it remains a time-consuming, risky & expensive process. Regularly contracts remain unsigned, get lost in the mail or archive and the time-to-signature takes on average more than 3 days.

Fortunately, there are various ways to electronically “sign” digital documents.

A digital signature can be a traditional hand drawn captured signature, using a stylus on a tablet. It can be an electronic signature validated by a mobile password or an advanced qualified digital signature based on strong PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) that guarantees non-repudiation, such as the Belgian Identity Card (.beID), the DIGIPASS® CertiID™ from VASCO, and many others.

But what type of signature solution does my company need? Why can’t I just use a simple electronic signature using my bankcard? Is a digitally signed document legal?

Will it hold up in court the same way as a paper signed contract?

In order to manage most of the risks associated with doing business over the Internet and to comply with specific industry regulations, companies must understand both the legal aspects and the impact of such signatures.

Connective has various complementary eSignatures solutions and can be your trusted partner in selecting the right ones for your company.

Therefore we would like to give you the opportunity to read Prof. Dr. Patrick Van Eecke’s presentation ‘eSignatures – evolution & legal aspects‘, which serves as a reference point for decision makers that need to decide which digital signature solution best protects or serves their organization’s documents and contracts.

Prof. Dr. Patrick Van Eecke, partner at DLA Piper and Professor ICT Law in Antwerp, shares his insights and expertise into both current and expected forthcoming legislation, he goes through the various types of electronic signatures and explains how these signatures satisfy specific legal requirements or industry regulations.