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Digital Signatures

Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:40 am
by millersc451
Does the church have a position on digital signatures? In the USA and other countries, they are legally binding. A place where they could be used is on ward, monthly financial reports signed by ward financial clerks and bishops. During this time when we aren't meeting, being able to handle these reports completely electronically would be helpful. Also, in our ward, we've had problems with paper documentation disappearing. Managing the workflow electronically would prevent this.

The US Department of Defense has used digital signatures for decades. See https://www.cac.mil/. Private industry is also using digital signatures, extensively. Anyone who has bought or sold a home in the last 10 years (at least), may be familiar with them.

Digital signatures are not electronic signatures. This topic is digital signatures.

References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_signature,
https://www.howtogeek.com/164668/how-to ... ning-them/

Re: Digital Signatures

Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:27 pm
by russellhltn
Not that I know of. I'm not sure what's to be gained by a digital signature.

Currently, the church's form of ID is your Church Account tied to your Membership Record Number. If desired, Two Factor Authentication can be enabled on the account. In certain places, a document is "signed' by entering one's Church Account login.

Re: Digital Signatures

Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:37 pm
by waltbristow
Does LCR have language to the effect that "by clicking Enter I approve this transaction"? Is there language, for example, that says the bishop or clerk has approved a Unit Financial Statement? When a wet signature is not possible (or because of the pandemic very difficult), I've suggested an email approving the Financial Statement, etc. Put a copy of the email together with the Statement for the stake auditor.

Re: Digital Signatures

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:23 am
by scgallafent
I don't know if there is text that says that explicitly, but the online approval replaces the need for a wet signature. There is a project in beta that will allow the bishop and clerk to review and approve the unit financial statement online without a wet signature.

Re: Digital Signatures

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 3:22 pm
by drepouille
We look forward to digital signatures on unit financial statements!

I hope the ability to enter deposits via LCRF is also in our future.

Re: Digital Signatures

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:34 pm
by scgallafent
drepouille wrote:I hope the ability to enter deposits via LCRF is also in our future.

So does that team!

Re: Digital Signatures

Posted: Sun Aug 23, 2020 3:42 pm
by chriswoodut
scgallafent wrote:I don't know if there is text that says that explicitly, but the online approval replaces the need for a wet signature. There is a project in beta that will allow the bishop and clerk to review and approve the unit financial statement online without a wet signature.


Woohoo!