5. Electronic Signatures
An electronic signature is a digital mark, code or other symbol that is associated with a particular individual. It can be used to sign an electronic document and is used in place of a hand-written signature. It can confirm that the communication is authentic and hasn’t been tampered with.
The owner of the electronic signature can be checked and verified in several ways, for example through a certificate provided by a special provider.
Since 25th July 2000, the Act has recognised digital signatures as a legal method to identify an individual in the United Kingdom.
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