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Electronic Signatures

Creating enforceable electronic transactions is a major long-term initiative for most enterprise and governmental organizations. Except for a few specialized markets, most critcal business transactions are still documented on paper today. The credit / debit card industry has created a method for enforceable electronic transactions using electronic networks over the last 25 years. It is effective for small value purchases. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) exists is certain vertical markets among large enterprises.

Until recent years, there was not a method to effectively create the electronic equivalent of a binding commercial or governmental transaction that could replace paper documentation, and in many cases, the requirement for ink signatures on that documentation. Even within organizations, there are many internal processes that require documented approval, acknowledgement, or acceptance.

An electronic signature is a legal concept for using an electronic symbol to represent a person’s volitional consent to be bound to the terms of a document. What you must achieve with any business process that requires an enforceable document is to obtain a legally valid electronic signature for that document using the proper processes. This is what PRONTOSign™ is designed to do throughout North America, the European Union (EU), and many Asia Pacific countries.

AlphaTrust is committed to open standards, both technical and legal/regulatory. PRONTOSign™ actively supports technical standards initiatives including:

  • W3C: HTML 4.01 Hypertext Markup Language
  • W3C: XHTML 1.0 Extensible HyperText Markup Language
  • W3C: HTML5 A vocabulary and associated APIs for HTML and XHTML
  • W3C: CSS Level 1/2/3 Cascading Style Sheets
  • W3C: XML 1.0 Extensible markup Language
  • W3C: Namespaces in XML
  • W3C: WCAG 1.0, 2.0 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
  • W3C: WAI-ARIA Web Accessibility Initiative - Rich Internet Application Suite
  • USA: Section 508 Rehabilitation Act (Accessibility Requirements)
  • IETF: PKIX PFC 3270 X.509 Public Key Infrastructure Certificate and CRL Profile

PRONTOSign™ actively supports legal and regulatory standards including:

  • USA: E-SIGN Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act
  • USA: UETA Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (State law)
  • USA: FDA 21 CFR 11 Electronic Signature Regulations
  • USA: HHS-HIPAA Security Standards (Proposed)
  • USA: SEC / NASD Electronic Signature and Records Standards (Brokerage)
  • USA: Federal Reserve/OCC Electronic Records Standards
  • USA: GPEA Government Paperwork Elimination Act
  • Canada: Electronic Commerce Act
  • EU: ESD EU Electronic Signatures Directive (all EU Countries)
  • EU: eIDAS Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 of the European Parliament
  • and of the Council
  • Hong Kong: Electronic Transactions Ordinance
  • India: Information Technology Act
  • Japan: Law Concerning Electronic Signatures
  • Australia: Electronic Transactions Act
  • Singapore: Electronic Transactions Act
  • South Korea: Basic Law on Electronic Commerce
  • Others please contact AlphaTrust to inquire

To download our product brief entitled PRONTOSign™ Standards Compliance, please click here.

AlphaTrust provides the most cost effective and highest performing electronic signature workflow orchestration solutions available.  Call us at +1.214.234.9200, option 1, or fill out this brief form with a few details and let us show you how we can help you.

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