httADVANTAGES OF USING E-SIGNATURES
Ø Time Saving: The whole point of making e-contracts instead of offline contracts is to enable
parties to communicate easily and save time spent in documentation. But if a
real signature is to be affixed on the paper, it would require a print out,
signature, and then scanning/faxing to send it to the other person; thus
ruining the time saved in the primary electronic transactions. E-signature helps
to overcome this hurdle, as the parties can affix the signature online and send
it back right away. It is also easier to negotiate and amend terms in the final
contract before signing.
Ø Security: E-Signatures are created either with the help of online E-Sign
services or using the company’s own website. These ensure confidentiality of
the document, and prevents loss that may occur in actual transit. Online E-Sign
services usually use high-security servers and encryptions to prevent outsider
invasion into the databases.
Ø Easier to close deals: From the view point of a business, the earlier the customer signs
and submits the deal, the better. Absence of paperwork enable companies to
close deals easily by not letting long-drawn time frames instil second thoughts
in the customers’ minds, negating all the canvassing by sales personnel.
Ø Flexibility and Mobility: Enables you to work on contracts and deals from anywhere and at any
time; a contract can be signed even while you are in transit or at places with
no immediate availability of stationary and print services. It allows mobility
to business personnel assigned with the responsibility to close deals, and they
can manage multiple contracts simultaneously without the risk of mixing up
Ø Cost Reduction: Lesser paperwork implies lesser amount of stationary and office
supplies, and it does away with the need of storage space for registers and
documents physically signed. The overall transaction is carried out through electronic
means and there is no cost incurred in printing, posting, etc.
Ø Convenience of Customers: Apart from the benefits directly accruing to the business, it also
enables the customer to sign the document easily without much fuss, and makes
it convenient for them to transact with the company. It in turn contributes to
increased customer satisfaction, and enhances brand loyalty and goodwill.
Ø Environment Factor: In addition to the business-financial benefits, not to forget that
more and more e-transactions are encouraged today to reduce paperwork and
conserve paper. While you are opting for e-contracts and e-signatures, you are
doing your part for a better world.
LEGAL AND STATUTORY FRAMEWORK (INDIAN KANOON)
Ø Indian Contract Act: An agreement reached at by two competent
parties, satisfying the requirements under the Act, is a valid contract, and it
does not mandate a physical signature. The contract may be oral, written, or
Ø Information technology Act: Specifically states that enforceability
of a contract cannot be denied merely due to it being in an electronic form.
E-contracts with e-signatures are as good as offline contracts.
Ø Indian Evidence Act: Electronic records are admissible as evidence.