TrustCloud Sign functionalities
Application of the biometric signature
Like other electronic signatures, biometric signatures make it possible to sign documents without the need for paper. Any type of business or personal transaction can be done with this technology.
Through digitizing tablets (or other devices prepared for the biometric signature) the parties can conclude agreements, complete contracts, and all this with a high level of reliability similar to the handwritten signature on paper, with the same legal validity. This is because the document is saved not only with the signature of the signatory, but also with the biometric data of the same, which will be attached to the document. The entire set of evidence will be encrypted and properly stored to ensure its authenticity and security.
Benefits of biometric signature
By being able to dispense with paper, inks, printers and other drawing materials, companies will be able to generate greater savings and a more positive impact on the environment. Also, signature documents, being digital, can be exchanged and processed remotely, without wasting time and travels for meetings.
In addition, biometric signature technology has the following advantages:
- Fraud and repudiation prevention: which is possible following the identification of the signatory at the time of signature.
- Signature guarantee: the signature process does not allow the completion of a signature process until all requested signatures have been captured.
- Document and signature audit: the technology facilitates the verification of the authenticity of the documents and their respective signatures.
- Improved processes: digital processes improve all types of personal or professional management, increasing their efficiency and transparency.
What is the difference bewteen e-signature and electronic signature?
They are both the same. Just as the term e-mail designates the exchange of electronic mail, e-signature is a way of naming the electronic signature. In effect, it is a legal way of obtaining reliable consent or approval on electronic documents or forms.
Are all types of electronic signatures equally secure?
No. While the simple type cannot always guarantee who has made the signature (since it does not offer sufficient data to prove the identity of the real signatory), the advanced and qualified electronic signature can prove it, and generate other data of probative value that ensure the authenticity and intentionality of the electronic signature. In addition, the qualified signature with a qualified certificate depends on a physical object that contains the source for electronic signature, and which is under the control of its holder after identification in person at a public certification authority. An example of qualified signature with qualified certificate would be to sign electronically through the chip contained in some ID cards, which can only be accessed with a suitable card reader (HSM).
Which electronic signature is best to use?
It depends on the use case, the security that needs to be obtained and the usability that is wanted to be offered, since a more secure electronic signature implies a more complex user experience. For example, the acceptance of conditions of an online purchase is usually done by simple signature with a checkbox, since it is not necessary to know who is buying. On the other way, online procedures with Public Administrations require a qualified signature, since it is very important to know which citizen is requesting and executing the procedure, and if he/she really intends to do it.