Find out about the legality of electronic signatures and the International laws governing them
Electronic signature transactions are a recognized and legally binding method of nearly all business and personal document transactions within the UK and around the world.
A legally binding advanced electronic signature must meet the following requirements:
Within the UK, E-Signs digital signature solution complies with the definition of an electronic signature under the Electronic Communications Act 2000.
Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions, commonly known as eIDAS, took direct effect in EU member states from 1 July 2016. It established a EU-wide legal framework for electronic signatures. E-Sign’s digital signature solution is compliant with eIDAS and EU electronic signature technical standards. E-Sign is also compliant with GDPR.
E-Sign’s digital signature solution complies with the definition of an e-signature under the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce (ESIGN) Act, the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) and the Digital Signature and Electronic Authentication Law.
ESIGN Act (2000) addresses e-signatures and e-records, allowing for electronic signatures in all 50 states when federal law applies. It defines an e-signature as an electronic sound, symbol, process attached to or logically associated with a document and executed or adopted by an individual with the intent to sign and be legally bound.
Unlike a hand signature, which is generally the same mark on every document, E-Sign’s digital signature is 100% unique to every document.
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