From: Thomas 'PointedEars' Lahn on
Shiuh-Lin Lee wrote:

> Andrew Poulos wrote:
>> The thing with signatures is not so much that the name in the signature
>> refers to a specific person (or even if the signature is an accurate
>> facsimile of the specific person's typical signature) but that some
>> witness can verify that that specific person put that signature on that
>> form.
>> In a legal sense, I don't see how "anonymous" signing can work.
>> [...]
> You are right.... but my experience is, when I worked with some IT
> companies during the past years, I was keeping asked to sign all kind
> NDAs (basically, download & print-out their legal PDF form, sign it,
> and mail it back to requesting company)... I did it "anonymously", and
> no one asked me to provide witness proofs.

LOL. That fools like you can get away with it does not mean it is legally
sound. I hope for you that whoever employed you doesn't read this.

> I don't think WebSign (or similar technologies) can resolve everything,
> however, it may provide us a different way doing some web business.

Like losing our jobs after it turns out that the electronic signature on a
contract was not authenticated? No, thank you.

Anyone who slaps a 'this page is best viewed with Browser X' label on
a Web page appears to be yearning for the bad old days, before the Web,
when you had very little chance of reading a document written on another
computer, another word processor, or another network. -- Tim Berners-Lee