The latest edition of our Intellectual Property and IT Law Update is now live for online subscribers. Authored by subject experts from the technology team at William Fry, this issue contains a useful article on how best to use electronic signatures during the COVID-19 crisis. An excerpt from this section reads:
'Irish law recognises simple electronic signatures such as a typed name on a signature block, or a facsimile or stamped signature, and advanced electronic signatures. Advanced electronic signatures are more digitally advanced e-signatures uniquely linked to the signatory, capable of identifying the signatory, are created using means that are capable of being maintained under the sole control of the signatory and are linked to the data signed so that any subsequent change is detectable. Although, not commonly used in Ireland, Irish law also recognises qualified electronic signatures; these are e-signatures with additional security measures created by a qualified electronic signature creation device based on a qualified certificate (a certificate issued by a qualified trust service provider).'
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