Law Relating to Digital Signature and its Protection Mechanism: A Comparative Study

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Journal Title: Journal of Legal Studies & Research
Author(s): Henry Peter
Published On: 10/06/2024
Volume: 10
Issue: 3
First Page: 84
Last Page: 106
ISSN: 2455-2437
Publisher: The Law Brigade Publisher

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Henry Peter, Law Relating to Digital Signature and its Protection Mechanism: A Comparative Study, Volume 10 Issue 3, Journal of Legal Studies & Research, 84-106, Published on 10/06/2024, Available at


The practice of appending signature to documents has a long history, as the existence of human beings on the Earth. This practice started even before the invention of current handwriting, whereby societies such as, Sumerians and Egyptians in the era 3000 -2500 BC; employed pictographs (meaning picture and symbols) to convey message, appending signature on clay tablet or stone and to identity the sender of the message.   In medieval era people used signature appended on documents to attest its authentication through endorsements of thumb inked prints or signing under official seal or in certain circumstance the use of signet ring from the Crown.  The enlighten era came with both, know–how knowledge and technological advancement, the technological advancement introduced a new sophisticated mechanism of attestation to the authentic of document, through electronic means, which came to be known as electronic or digital signature.  This paperwork examined in a comparative study; on the analysis of law relating to digital signature and the protection mechanism on how these digital signature can be protected.

Keywords: Digital Signature, Laws governing digital signature, Methods of protecting digital signature.

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