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Subject: Scope of electronic signature

The National Conference of U.S. State Court Judges has chosen the storage of simple hashes in a data base coupled with the storage of unspecified authentication methods to create a "signature" for electronic filing purposes. The database relationships create the logical association between the document and the signer. A resolution including this signature solution will most likely be proposed by one or more ABA sections to the House of Delegates at the mid-year meeting in San Antonio. I anticipate that the issue will dominate the meeting.
I also anticipate that if the ABA adopts such a resolution, then the U.S. federal courts will follow. It is likely that other governmental agencies in the US will then follow the approach.

The question arises whether this is a signature that should be considered within the scope of the work of the TC.

John Messing
American Bar Association representative to OASIS

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