Electronic signature mess

October 3, 2013 | Comments Off on Electronic signature mess

Electronic signature is a strong way to link the identity of the signer to the content of a document, frequently as an electronic evidence of an informed consent, which is key in civil law for the validity of contracts and other signed documents. Electronic documents can this way substitute paper documents for citizen-government relationships and other private transactions.

Nevertheless, electronic signature legislation and related technical standards form  a complex echosystem that seems to be designed by specialist experts for specialist experts. The next drawing depicts the structure of several norms, rules, laws, directives and standards, related to electronic signature, to show the complexity of the environmet. And more standards are on the way.