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Does your accountant use e signatures?

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Steve J Bicknell

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The days of ‘wet’ signatures may be numbered, sending documents by post to get original ink signatures is slow process, times are changing.

The UK government divides electronic signature into three groups:

  • Simple electronic signatures – these include scanned signatures and tick box declarations
  • Advanced electronic signatures – can identify the user, is unique to them, is under the sole control of the user and is attached to a document in a way that it becomes invalidated if the contents are changed
  • Qualified electronic signatures – an advanced electronic signature with a digital certificate encrypted by a secure signature creation device eg Smart Card

Here is the full government guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/356786/bis-14-1072-electronic-signatures-guide.pdf

I am a big fan of Adobe who say….

An electronic signature, or e-signature, is a simple, legally binding way to indicate consent or approval on digital documents and forms. A digital signature is a specific implementation of an…

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