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We are at the dawn of an emerging new digital environment. The stage is set and the time is NOW!
Transmutation of industrial age business methods, cloud platforms, bandwidth, devices, and most importantly demand, has invoke a force which is transforming how we will engage and access services we use everyday.
Notarization is one of those services. Notaries Public and their bosses, the Secretaries of State in this country need to sit up and take notice of this.
Because these new initiatives theoretically have the potential to provide alternative authentication methods which may have an adverse affect on the Office Notary Public.
At it’s core, the function of a Notary Public is to witness, verify, and subsequently authenticate a signature on behalf of the Public it serves.
With Federal and State Governmental mandating of new authenticating solutions coupled with a growing desire for the convenience of the internet in conducting e-Commerce activity, the need for a Notary Public may be at risk of being a requirement.
There are many documents which via regulation, law, or personal preference which require notarization, however bio-metrics, and authentication solutions, may supplant the need for a Notary Public.
Since 2006 the Principals at AYIN International, Inc. have advocated Notaries Public be allowed to performed there duly sworn task of "public acknowledgment" of signatures affixed to legal documents via secure real-time interactive recording video conference. We do not promote the replacement of the time honored Notarial transaction with this technology and methodology; however we do promote this approach as an augmentation and enhancement for the office of Notary Public.
That was six years ago. Today the common wealth of Virginia has affected HB2318 legalizing audio video conferencing as "satisfactory evidence" of personal appearance in an electronic notary transaction.
This is a major fundamental shift which establishes a new precedence for notarization in this country.
The foresight of Virginia's Governor, Legislators, and interested parties, in passing and affecting HB2318 is now manifesting as companies like Apple invest in new authenticating technologies for integration into their mobile devices making it more convenient for you and I to access services we use every day being able to identify ourselves in the process.
This is a quote from an article posted July 27, 2012 by Deb Gallagher (GSA) & Naomi Lefkovitz (NIST) – Federal Cloud Credential Exchange (FCCX) Tiger Team Co-Chairs
“Earlier this year, the White House convened the Federal Cloud Credential Exchange (FCCX) Tiger Team comprised of several federal agencies that have a vital need to better assist the public and reduce Federal costs by moving more services online. In alignment with President Obama’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, the FCCX Tiger Team’s objective is to facilitate the Federal government’s early adoption of secure, privacy-enhancing, efficient, easy-to-use, and interoperable identity solutions.
Over the past few months, the FCCX Tiger Team has worked on the use cases and the functional requirements necessary for the operation of an identity federation capability that can be integrated with a government agency web application to support and consume a full range of digital credentials such as PIV, PIV-I, and other third party credentials issued under a FICAM-approved Trust Framework Provider.
In simple terms, the Federal government is interested in leveraging one or more commercially available cloud service providers to streamline the burden agencies face in trusting and integrating with FICAM-approved credentials.”
Clearly the Feds are making steps to “move more services online”, however overall State and Local Governments are in the process of doing the same. These maneuvers should include the office of Notary Public.
J. Andrew Hatter
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