Adobe Acrobat Sign partners with eOriginal to help organizations meet compliance and regulatory requirements by archiving important signed documents in a secure digital vault. Once a document is signed, eOriginal can securely vault it with the highest levels of protection and compliance in a fully digital environment. Organizations can choose to archive all documents in a particular account, all documents initiated by a specific group (or a subset of users), or individual documents.
When a document is created, the original document that is uploaded to Acrobat Sign is considered the authoritative copy of the contract. The authoritative copy remains on the Adobe servers throughout the entire signature cycle. Once the signature cycle is complete, the authoritative copy is archived in the eOriginal vault, and the document becomes a legal instrument. A PDF copy of the document remains in Acrobat Sign, but it is watermarked with “Copy of Original” to indicate that the document vaulted by eOriginal is the only authentic version:
Upon completion of the signature cycle, any transaction enabled for vaulting will trigger the eOriginal vaulting service to initiate the transfer of the authoritative copy. This is an asynchronous call-and-response process in which the vaulting service requests information from Acrobat Sign after receiving a notification, and Acrobat Sign provides the content requested.
These sequential requests happen in near real time to ensure that the authoritative copy is stored with the vaulting service the moment the signature process is complete.
After the final signature is applied the following steps occur in the order presented:
The vaulting service only involves the final (authoritative) copy of the document and the related images.
The interim versions of the document (prior to the final signature) are not part of the vaulting process.
These unofficial versions remain on the Acrobat Sign servers in an unwatermarked state unless they are deleted through some other process (such as a retention policy or GDPR action).
At this point, Acrobat Sign only stores a watermarked copy of the final document. Thumbnail images (as viewed in Acrobat Sign) are also watermarked to ensure that there is only one unwatermarked version which is in the possession of the Vaulting service.
Once the document is vaulted, Adobe no longer maintains any unwatermarked copies of the final document.