The Electronic Signature and Records Association (ESRA), the premier trade association representing electronic signature adopters and providers, held its annual conference in New York City on Nov. 14-15. The more than 200 attendees represented a wide variety of consumers, government entities and technology providers as well as organizations across several industries either using or interested in adopting e-signature technology. The event featured presentations from organizations including the Pennsylvania Association of Notaries (PAN), Simplifile, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and Maryland, BuckleySandler LLP and Wells Fargo, among others.
One highly discussed topic was the concern regarding mobile devices and the complications they bring to paperless transactions. During the panel, “Compliance: Understanding eSignature on Mobile Platforms”,Gregory Casamento, partner with Locke Lord LLP, a full service, international law firm, reinforced the security of remote e-signatures, stating, “The most important consideration with mobile is ensuring customers actually receive those [security] disclosures, that they see them and understand their meaning.” He also noted the importance of e-signatures for creating a positive customer experience.
Interactive sessions gave attendees the opportunity to network with peers and gain insight from industry leaders on the regulatory environment and best practices for implementing e-signatures and recording into their organizations. Sessions included:
- E-sign 101: Overview of key elements of state and federal law for electronic records and signatures
- E-sign 102: Identity & Authentication
- E-sign 103: Compliance: E-Disclosures, E-Delivery and Mobile!
- Case Studies From Real World Implementations
- E-sign Current Legal And Regulatory Review
“Each year it is important for us to bring together consumers, government entities and organizations that are in involved in electronic signatures and records,” said Bill Brice, 2013 ESRA vice chairman and conference chairman. “Our association is dedicated to creating a forum for these organizations to discuss the latest developments, trends and legislation surrounding electronic signatures and records. The number of attendees we had this year is a testament to the significance of electronic processes to many different industries, and we look forward to a growing attendance at next year’s conference.”