Additional Resources on Electronic Signatures and the Law

This entry is part of our continuing educational series, “What is an Electronic Signature, Anyway?” (Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4)


Disclaimer. This blog entry is not intended to provide legal advice. You should discuss issues relating to the use of electronic signatures in your business with your own legal counsel and compliance officers.

Two months ago we discussed here the nature of the legal environment surrounding electronic signatures. I’d like to point out some additional resources that can expand your knowledge of the subject.

• Within the EU context, Law Professor Dr. Jos DuMortier, director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT at the Catholic University of Leuven (K.U. Leuven) in Belgium, and a well-known authority on the intersection of law with information technology, has published and/or contributed to a large number of whitepapers and articles on the subject of electronic signatures. This whitepaper from October 2007 describes how digital signatures created with PDF documents and the Belgian eID can be granted valid, legal status.

• Just last week, the American Bar Association published an impressive book entitled, “Foundations of Digital Evidence,” which covers, as you might have guessed, the implications, nature, and changes that digital evidence has wrought upon legal systems around the world. Adobe’s own Ed Chase, a Solutions Architect and one of our electronic signature gurus, contributed a critical chapter on PDF and its impact on the subject, providing details about how the features of PDF and digital signatures can support legal requirements for electronic records.