Electronic Signatures Hardly Used in Panama

Banks say they are not investing in the technology required to implement electronic signatures for digital processes due to the small amount of use by users.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Although the use of electronic signatures for banking transactions is something which is very common in most countries of the world, there is still some reluctance by people in Panama to use it, leading banks to stop making the necessary investments to implement the system.

Panamaamerica.com.pa reports that "...Executives in the areas of banking technology and systems recently commented during the convention in the country that one of the problems regarding digital signatures in this sector is the monetary investment needed to be made by banks to set up the infrastructure for these digital tasks."

The executive director of Sofistic, a company specializing in computer security, Angel Lopez Domenech, said that "... if a country only has one certification authority it means that users must abide by the progress of this entity, slowing the massification process. "

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