In a world of fake news and the easy digital manipulation of content, knowing that an electronic document really is what it purports to be has never been more important.
Today, we do everything electronically. Yet we still sign documents the same way our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence.
Sixteen years ago, Congress passed the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN), which recognized electronic signatures as a valid form of transaction.
When European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker launched the EU’s Digital Single Market programme back in 2015 it was issues like geo-blocking and the possible regulation of online platforms that attracted most of the media attention.