Legitimising Electronic Signatures

As cross-border transactions are becoming increasingly common, businesses and individuals are turning to electronic means to save time and costs. Instead of waiting for documents to be transported by courier around the globe, the relevant parties can finalize and execute their contract in a matter of seconds, in the comfort of their own base.

The steady rise of globalization, coupled with the social distancing protocol of COVID-19, is further accelerating the popularity of electronic signatures in 2020. Their growing prevalence brings forth questions about their legitimacy, effectiveness, and security. Fortunately, the technological advancement behind their conception and the maturing legal infrastructure built around electronic sign-offs are attesting to their positive values: electronic execution of contracts is a sufficient alternative to, if not a replacement of, in-person procedures.

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