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Electronic signature

A generic term describing all methods by which a person can sign an electronic message or record. Different forms created by different technologies exist including: a name typed at the end of an email message by the sender; a personal identification number (ie PIN used for bank accounts); a digitised image of a hand written signature attached to electronic documents; a biometric-based identifier (eg a fingerprint or retinal scan) or a Digital Signature. Electronic signatures are usually used when checking out in a virtual store.

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