Electronic vs Digital – What’s the difference?

e Authority. This makes the signature inordinately difficult to forge. While an electronic signature provides the visual comfort factor that the document has been duly signed, it is the digital signature that proves the integrity and authenticity of the signatory’s mark. The signed document is also encrypted so that it cannot be altered after it is signed. Digital signatures have been legally accepted since the Land Registration Act of 2002.

For the past decade we have been offering electronic signature and digital signature technology that uses meta data such as email addresses, phone numbers and mobile geolocation data that links, identifies and verifies signatories and verifies ‘liveness’ of selfies uploaded from mobile devices, so that legal professionals can be assured that their clients are who they say they are.

There are two types of digital signature: “Advanced Electronic Signatures” and “Qualified Electronic Signatures”.

Advanced Electronic Signatures

Under the electronic identification and trust services (eIDAS), Advanced Electronic Signatures must be capable of identifying the signatory; uniquely linked to the signatory; linked to the deed in such a way that any subsequent changes can be detected; and the signature must be made using an electronic signature creation service that the signatory makes under his or her sole control.

Qualified Electronic Signatures are so called because they are generated using the electronic signature platforms of service providers that meet the security standards demanded by the Information Commissioners’ Office.

According to HM Land Registry’s blog “Electronic signatures in conveyancing” the organisation hopes for a more seamless, digitised conveyancing service that minimises delays while combatting fraud.

“We believe Qualified Electronic Signatures are the right long-term component of that digital future. They have added security and the digital nature of the resultant document will enable joined-up and automated processing elsewhere in the transaction.”

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VirtualSignature-ID is a UK Government approved Identity Service Provider (IDSP) that offers professional services firms a suite of end-to-end eSignature, ID verification, AML and KYC solutions that can be incorporated into existing workflows and case, practice and document management systems. If you would like to find out more about how can help with your digital onboarding or discuss a particular solution that will fit your organisation’s requirements, then give our team a call on 0333 335 5176 or contact us and we’ll be pleased to demonstrate how the platform works.

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