What is an electronic signature?
E-signature Law in the United States
E-signature Law in the United Kingdom
E-signature Regulation in the European Union
Full evidence log
Court-admissible transactions log
Electronic signatures and eIDAS
Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services (eIDAS)
Different levels of electronic signatures
Basic electronic signature
A basic electronic signature can be any kind of signature made in an electronic and digital environment, where the signatory has manifested their intent (e.g. by clicking a button or checking a box) to become bound by the contents of the document signed.
GetAccepts' standard "click to sign" solution is considered a very strong Basic electronic signature and sufficient for most business agreements.
Advanced electronic signature (AdES)
According to eIDAS, an advanced electronic signature shall meet the following requirements:
These elements of unique identity, control, and integrity of the signed document can be achieved through different means. A recognized eID assures secure authentication of the signatory’s identity in the online environment.
GetAccept has multiple ways of creating a Advanced Electronic Signature, for instance with the use of a eID or MFA solution.
Qualified electronic signature (QES)
According to eIDAS, “‘qualified electronic signature’ means an advanced electronic signature that is created by a qualified electronic signature creation device, and is based on a qualified certificate for electronic signatures.” The use of Qualified Electronic Signatures includes an extra layer of assurance and trust that results in a special legal effect that shall be recognized by courts in the EU.
From a legal perspective QES should in EU be equivalent to a "wet ink" signature and the burden of proof in a court is on the challenger.
GetAccept has thru an external partnership the possibility to offer QES seamlessly integrated into the signing workflow in most European countries. It should be noted that QES add a extra level of security but also complexity and cost to the signature flow.
Please contact us for more detailed information on QES.