We often get asked:

  • Whether an electronic signature is legal?
  • Whether a particular type of technology used to create an electronic signature is legal?
  • Whether you have to use a particular type of electronic signature technology in order for the electronic signature to be legal?
  • Whether the ticking of a checkbox or entering of a password is an electronic signature?
  • Whether a voice recording can constitute an electronic signature?
  • Whether any laws specify how electronic signatures must be applied?

How can we help you?

Our services will help you to understand:

  1. What a signature is
  2. The legal concept of a signature
  3. The different types of signatures
  4. What constitutes an electronic signature
  5. The different  electronic signature technologies
  6. Whether electronic signatures are legal in South Africa
  7. The validity of electronic signatures produced by signature pads
  8. Whether a particular electronic signature technology will be recognised by a Court
  9. The difference between an “ordinary” electronic signature and an “advanced” electronic signature
  10. The difference between digital signatures, digital certificates, and advanced electronic signatures as electronic signatures that use cryptography to make themselves reliable
  11. The advantages of “advanced” electronic signatures

What we offer regards electronic signatures

We offer the following services:

  • Running a seminar, webinar, workshop, or executive briefing on practically using electronic signatures and the law for various organisations, from dual listed multinationals to start-ups in various industries, including financial services, healthcare, retail, and mining.
  • We can help you by providing an opinion on electronic signatures relating to the issues mentioned above; Assist you decide whether you need an  an “ordinary” electronic signature and an “advanced” electronic signature (now that advanced electronic signatures are commercially available).
  • A Guide to electronic signatures in various forms to help you educate your customers about electronic signatures or sell your electronic signature solutions to customers.
  • Guidance of appropriate electronic signature technologies to use.
  • Provide you with a Electronic Signatures Assessment Tool, which provides you with a guide to electronic signatures and helps you to decide what type of electronic signature is the right signature to use for the signing of a specific document, by an individual or a group of people.
  • Provide suggested wording to be used in websites where people will be “signing”.

Our clients

Our clients include electronic signature technology providers and electronic signature users.