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In a Galaxy Far Far Away…
BREAKING NEWS Star Wars with Mark Hamill to return in 2021! Star Wars fans have obtained a copy of the letter apparently signed by Mark Hamill himself claiming that he will return to the epic saga in 2021. Not many details have been added so far, but if proven to be true, it will definitely bring a lot of fans back to the theaters next year. Stay tuned!
Now that I got you reading, I need to admit that this is totally fake news. I’m sorry to disappoint all the Star Wars fans, but this story is not about Mark Hamill nor the Star Wars saga. It’s about the state of affairs in the electronic signature world.
Visible ≠ authentic
Imagine for a second how much confusion this prank above may cause in the world. This signature seems legit, the certificate attached to the document is authentic, and a regular Joe has no other way to validate it, but somehow reach out to Mark himself, and ask about it.
At the same time, this document was signed exactly as it was supposed to: I wrote a document, converted it to PDF, and then added the signature image. You can easily check the signature status and validity in any Acrobat Reader app. All seems to be in order.
Surely, Mark will deny giving that signature. But that leads to another problem — anyone can deny their electronic signatures if the odds turn against them for some reason. And that would lead to long disputes and court battles. And that’s exactly what we do not want to happen in the electronic signature world.
This problem is not a new one. From many angles it seems to be solved. There are regulations like eIDAS, E-Sign and UETA ...
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