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Q.What is a digital signature?

A.A digital signature is simply one type of electronic signature. It involves the use of a public key to provide an encryption-based signature to a message.

California law defines a digital signature is defined as "an electronic identifier, created by computer, intended by the party using it to have the same force and effect as the use of a manual signature." Pursuant to California Government Code Section 16.5, a digital signature shall have the same force and effect as a manual signature if and only if it embodies all of the following attributes:

  1. It is unique to the person using it;


  2. It is capable of verification;


  3. It is under the sole control of the person using it;


  4. It is linked to data in such a manner that if the data are changed, the digital signature is invalidated; and


  5. It conforms to regulations adopted by the secretary of state.





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