IT Act tweaks open up new business fronts for regtechs


Pratik Bhakta

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Pratik Bhakta

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The Crux newsletter this week. The government has eased some requirements for physical signatures. This will benefit startups providing services like e-sign and e-KYC, as they can court more clients and digitally process a wider range of documents

October 14, 2022


Legal and corporate paperwork in India is set to undergo a new online shift. This means more business for regulatory technology, or regtech, startups, which provide services such as electronic signatures, e-KYC and remote customer onboarding.

The catalyst behind the change is the electronics and IT ministry that has made some amendments to the Information Technology Act, 2000. The move was announced on October 6.

Two steps forward: Digital signatures have been accepted in various official processes for some time now. However, certain conditions, or exceptions, in the Act still mandated wet signatures. Some of them have been removed now, paving the way for the digital form to be used in more ways.

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