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Our answers about electronic sign questions : How to do this? What legal legal value? Who can certify a signature?

What is an electronic signature?

Like a handwritten signature, the creation of an electronic signature is a legal concept that symbolises the signatory’s consent to the terms and conditions of a document (contract, lease etc.). This consent is captured via electronic channels, such as a web or mobile application, stored in an electronic format and added to documents to make them legally binding.

Identity theft and fake signatures: what can be done?

In the banking business and the government sector, document fraud is a very real risk. These frauds involve identity theft and fake signatures. Every day, many people in France fall victim and complain to the police. As well as being troublesome for individuals, these frauds cost businesses and states thousands of euros every year. As handwritten signatures are easy to falsify, it is vital to make effective use of processes that offer greater security, such as electronic signature. An electronically signed document cannot be altered after being signed, unlike a paper document. Our electronic signature software Check’nSign.io also allows you to check the identity of your signatories in real time. This information is used to seal your documents, information and data and guarantees their protection by generating a proof envelope.

How can I produce an electronic signature? How can I sign PDF documents online?

If you want to create an electronic signature and add it to your documents, just upload the files to be signed and choose the signatories. Check’nSign.io allows you to sign your documents, or have them signed, free of charge using a set of signature solutions. The documents are signed electronically, respecting the standards of electronic signature and guaranteeing their legal value. A proof envelope is also generated, grouping together full details and data about the signature operations.

Is electronic signature legal? What are the regulations on electronic signatures?

Our Check’nSign.io electronic signature software is fully legal and secure. In accordance with European Union Regulation No. 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions (eIDAS), our solution is based on principles of trust and security that fully comply with the regulations and the decree on electronic signatures.

Who can use electronic signatures? Can I use your electronic signature solution as a private individual?

Our solutions are designed exclusively for organisations in the public and private sectors. From an administrative viewpoint, our services are called on by organisations that use large amounts of paper and conduct many transactions: banks, human resources departments, telecommunications companies, real estate businesses and governmental institutions. Our electronic signature solution can adapt to your needs throughout France and Europe.

Who can certify an electronic signature?

As an Electronic Certification Service Provider (ECSP) in the meaning of France’s RGS security regulations and the eIDAS regulation, ARIADNEXT has its own infrastructure (PKI) for producing certificates and signatures. With Check’nSign.io, we offer an advanced, qualified electronic signature based on an identity verified using proof of identity. This approach is based on the complete automation of the certificate request registration process and hosting signature key pairs in centralised encrypted hardware security modules (HSM) in accordance with the new standards of the European Union’s eIDAS regulation.

What types of documents can be signed electronically?

With our Check’nSign.io signature software, you can sign PDF files online via the API or via our web based signature solution.

How much does an electronic signature cost?

The digital signature is free for your users and signatories. The person who receives the document to be signed can do so free of charge in total security.

As an organisation interested in our solutions and keen to integrate them into your services, there are several choices available to you depending on your needs. Don’t hesitate to contact our sales team to find out more!

Can a document be signed by several people?

Check’nSign.io integrates easily into your contracting processes and offers features that allow you to have documents signed by several individuals or organisations within the same operation. Each signatory can sign using the API or via a web process.

How can I have an electronic signature certified?

Electronic signature is a digital alternative to a handwritten signature. It has the same legal value while providing a higher level of security. The signatory’s identity is verified before signature and, unlike a paper signature, a signed document cannot be altered once it has been signed. This identity verification step guarantees the signature’s certification by the law and, consequently, its validity and integrity.

When can electronic signatures be used?

In the professional context, you can insert electronic signatures into all types of documents and transactions for any purpose. They are just as suited to HR documents (employment contracts, amendments, annual appraisal interviews etc.) as to sales contracts or to transfer requests and SEPA orders in the banking sector.

What are the advantages of digital signatures compared with handwritten signatures?

Check’nSign.io allows you to digitise the document and form signing process. The solution leads to significant reductions in processing costs and improves your conversion rates. Save money on printing and say goodbye to paper signatures with our 100% digital procedure.

As security is our priority, every electronic signature is unique, documentable, encrypted and unfalsifiable. The signatory’s identity is verified, guaranteeing that the document’s data is kept confidential and secure.