Are digital signatures legal?
In South Africa, digital signatures are legally binding for certain documents. In accordance with the ECT Act, digital signatures can stand in a court of law, as they make use of cryptographic digital certification. This means the signer’s identity and intent can be proven to a certain extent.
How secure are digital signatures?
Digital signatures are highly secured. They make use of Public Key Infrastructure, which is an asymmetrical cryptographic encryption method. This PKI ensures that the data is encrypted and decrypted as intended. This PKI is used to validate the identity of any signers, as their signatures are embedded with a unique key that links their signature to their identity.