(same ac again) Yes , thats the excuse they often come up with but
a) they use it when signatures arnt involved, much like people trot out "health n Safety" or "Data Protection" when its fuck all to do with it.
b) Signatures are useless , its about time the world recognised that , given that over the last 2 decades we've come to realise what identity theft is , and passwords n stuff , and encryption etc,
c) a scanned signature is worth less than a real one , which is zero , because:
what possible benefit is a (visible) scrawled scribble on a piece of paper as an authentication method - cos thats what it is , thats why they want you to sign , to prove it was you , when in actual fact it proves fuck all.
We *still* sign the back of our credit cards (some of us ) why?
I can scarcely believe that a mere 25 years ago people would go into a shop ,pay with card ,
and the man would say "OK , prove to me you are the owner of this card by reproducing this signature - helpfully demonstrated for you on the back of the card" , and that was it . no pin.
Even today when you receive a parcel , they make you scribble something with the little electric dildo thing , as if that proves anything!
so inconclusion , printing to sign and then scan in is entirely pointless although the idea of it is so engraved into our culture we have yet to let it go , like we did with not wearing seatbelts and smoking in pubs.