Electronic Signatures -- never exist?
John Edwards (edwardsj@ANNAP1.JSC.MIL)
Fri, 23 Jun 1995 08:45:17 -0400
The expectation for electronic signatures in the future is
reasonable, but they will carry little or no more weight than handwritten
signatures today. The only way you can ensure that you have received the
message from the person named at the bottom of the page is to verify it with
that person, in person, over the phone, or by return mail. This is standard
operating procedure for every business in the world today, and is not going
to change in the future, especially on a system all but designed for
surveillance like internet (no conspiracy intended).
The real need I have for electronic forms is because I don't own a
typewriter anymore! I don't mind signing it by hand and sending it
snail-mail or fax, but when the form says "Must Be Typed" on it, I'm in a
bit of a jam.
John L. Edwards
Annapolis, MD, USA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City