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Why Won’t the Physical Signature Die Already?
2016-06-28 14:24:42 GMT
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"“The signature used to be important, but it just doesn’t pay much of a role any more. It remains commonplace because of tradition,” Mann said of signatures authorizing purchases. “It’s always been the way that people have formally signaled their willingness to create a binding obligation, and we don’t really have an effective alternative or replacement.”"
"The foretold transition to relying on digital signatures was plagued by the challenges of trying to define what, exactly, constituted a signature—and when people recognized what they were doing was a form of signing. “It’s easier to tell whether what someone did was intended to be a signature when you’re dealing with physical signatures,” Mann said. “When we say a document is binding on somebody if they sign it, we all recognize what that means. If you say it’s valid if someone signs it digitally, then no one knows what that means.”"
Heck the Chinese still mostly use name block stamps.
I wish we'd switch over to something like the block stamps; feels so much more official, and you don't have to hope your squiggle looks like whatever example of your signature any individual entity has on file.
A block stamp would be nice when I have to sign a stack of letters. :) I don't mind giving a physical signature, but it would be nice if an electronic signature was a simple process for times when you can do everything else digitally.
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