GMO GlobalSign, Inc., one of the longest established Certification Authorities (CA) and specialists in digital certificate security, has today announced a significant milestone for Ireland with the first successful e-Notarization being completed by David Walsh, Solicitor and Notary Public, and Registrar for the Faculty of Notaries Public in Ireland, using GlobalSign’s Adobe® Certified Document Services (CDS) solution branded as DocumentSign.
In today’s interconnected digital world, it is important for businesses and legal professionals to ensure that any data transmitted electronically across public networks, such as the Internet, retains its authenticity and integrity whilst shown to originate from a verified source. GlobalSign’s DocumentSign Digital ID is the ideal solution, allowing the creator to add certification and approval signatures to secure Adobe® PDF documents. The document recipient can then instantly verify the trusted status of the document in their natural language, simply by opening the file with a ubiquitous product such as Adobe Reader®.
Irish businesses and private citizens alike are now able to have their critical business documents e-Notarized by David and a growing number of Irish Notaries who have recognized the need to act as hubs and upload trusted business information on to the Internet. The ability for notaries to be able to offer the Internet as a highly available and environmentally friendly transport mechanism for notarized documents will act as a catalyst for eBusiness and eProcurement in 2010 and beyond. The PDF Advanced Electronic Signatures (PAdES) format is a recognized European Digital Signature format under the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Technical Standard (TS) 102 778 (announced by ETSI in September 2009). As companies move forward to comply with the recommendations of eProcurement initiatives, such as the Pan European Public Procurement Online (PEPPOL) project’s Virtual Company Dossier (VCD), notaries are also ideally placed to take advantage of the time lag between country-specific company registrars being able to offer the option of providing digitally signed company formation evidence. CDS compliant digital certificates enable an e-Notary to create an authentic digital copy of any formal evidence of a company formation.
The document e-Notarized by David was referred to the Department of Foreign Affairs for technical scrutiny and considered to be authentic. It may yet be the first Irish e-Notarial certificate to receive the e-Apostille in Ireland in due course, Ireland being well advanced in its e-Apostille pilot program.
“These are very exciting times indeed for any Notary Public, as we now have a tool set which allows us to take advantage of the Internet, and as such provide a more efficient service to our customers, whilst at the same time retaining the security and trust which are the hallmarks of the Notarial profession.” commented David Walsh, Solicitor & Notary Public david[.]davidwalshlegal.ie, and Registrar for the Faculty of Notaries Public in Ireland info[.]notarypublic.ie.
“This first e-notarization in Ireland represents a significant step towards moving away from a traditionally paper-based industry, thus reducing carbon footprint and increasing time and cost efficiencies at all levels”, said Steve Roylance, Business Development Director, GMO GlobalSign. “We look forward to continuing to provide the highest levels of security and trust to an industry where compliancy is key.”
About Adobe® CDS Certificates
Certified Document Services (CDS) is the first digital signing solution that allows authors to create Adobe® PDF files that automatically certify to the recipient that the author's identity has been verified by a trusted organization. Authors of PDFs add digital Certifying Signatures and Approval Signatures to documents they distribute over the Internet. The process is the virtual equivalent to sealing a document and adding wet-ink signatures and assuring the recipient that the document is authentic, comes from a verified source and the contents have not been tampered with since being published.
About GMO GlobalSign
Established in 1996 and as a WebTrust accredited public certificate authority, GlobalSign (globalsign.com) offers publicly trusted SSL, including EV SSL Certificates, S/MIME and Code Signing Certificates for use on all platforms including mobile devices. Its Trusted Root solution uses the widely distributed GlobalSign Root CA certificates to provide immediate PKI trust for Microsoft CA and enterprise CAs, eliminating the costs associated with using untrusted Root Certificates. Its partnership with Adobe® to provide Certified Document Services (CDS) enables secure digitally signed PDF e-documents. These core Digital Certificate solutions allow its thousands of customers to conduct secure online transactions and data transfer, distribute tamper-proof code, and bind identities to client certificates for email security and remote two factor authentication. The company has a history of innovation within the online security market and has offices in the US, UK, Belgium, Japan, and China.
About GMO Internet Group
GMO Internet Group, headquartered in Japan, is a leading force in the Internet industry offering one of the most comprehensive ranges of Internet services worldwide. The group holds top domestic market share in domain registration, web hosting, and payment processing and provides a host of other Internet services including global online security services, e-commerce solutions, and Internet advertising to both businesses and individuals. At the centre of the group is GMO Internet, Inc. a company listed on the prestigious first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE: 9449).