When it comes to Electronic Signatures, each country has its own experience, derived from its regulations and procedures. In general, however, signing on tablets and smartphones is everywhere increasingly more common than signing on paper, at the banks and more broadly in trade activities. Biometric signature, which is put in handwritten form by using specific IT tools, allows to identify the writer by a set of biometric data, through the acquisition of dynamic features (by way of example, which cannot be exhaustive: pen position, velocity, pressure, etc.). These data play a key role to identify the writer and do need a specific expertise for being analysed.
Our association (Italian Association of “Grafobiometristi”) arises from the need to structure a professional identity able to keep up with technological innovation and comply with the new regulatory standards required for biometric signatures.
In Court proceedings indeed, the forensic examiner is no longer called upon to verify the graphic trace on paper, s/he has to analyse a set of biometric information – the focus being no longer on the ink, but on data. Our daily works and contacts with experts, technicians, specialists, firms and companies made us aware that the knowledge applied to signatures on paper is de facto inapplicable in the new biometric context.
So we started to think about a process of growth, professional training and studies in order to be able to give suitable responses and answers. We began from new perspectives, we created a new method and new deontological and behavioral rules. The result is a new professional profile able to give responses to the emerging needs of the examination on biometric signarures. That is the Grafobiometrista.
Our association takes care of the growth and the professional training of its associated and has operational protocols, University tested, in the judicial activity dictating a proper procedure for the safety of the personal data treatment. Our association takes care of the training process of those working in the court, organizing seminars and courses.
We have been working on biometric signatures for years and we know that there are various and complex issues. We have already had fruitful exchanges with colleagues and scholars from other states. It is not an easy path, because the regulations and procedures are often very different.
However, this is the aim of our association so we are open to dialogue with all foreign public and private entities wishing to deepen our results.
Board of Directors Nicolò di Toma (Chairman) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Monica Manzini (vice-President)
Chantal Sala ( Treasurer -Secretary )