The electronic signature: what is it?

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The electronic signature is a technical and legal process enabling individuals to give consent and approval to digital documents.

More than just an image or a drawing, this tool complies with conditions and standards set and controlled by European and French authorities.

An electronic signature must fulfill at least those three following criteria:

  • The identity of the person who is signing,
  • A proof of consent of the signer
  • The guarantee of the document integrity, meaning the content has to be frozen in time.

The electronic signature is part of a precise legal environment in Europe via the eIDAS (Electronic IDentification And Trust Services) regulation and in France via its transcription in articles 1366 and 1367 of the civil code.

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