What are digital signatures?

  • A digital signature is a cryptographic method to express agreement and validate the authenticity of a digital document.

  • Digital signatures allow parties to sign documents digitally, while providing an improved degree of authenticity compared to standard electronic signatures.

  • When coupled with strong identification standards, digital signatures can be equivalent to legally binding, traditional, wet-ink signatures.

  • In the UK and the European Union, digital signatures are considered legally binding when signatory identities have been verified by “Trust Service Providers”

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