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Legality of Electronic Signatures

Learn the facts about current eSignature laws, local legal systems and electronic signature technology preferences for countries around the world.

Are Electronic Signatures Legal?

Electronic signature transactions are a recognised and legally binding method of nearly all business and personal document transactions within the UK and around the world.

Legislative requirements for electronic signatures

A legally binding advanced electronic signature must meet the following requirements:

  • it is uniquely linked to the signatory
  • it is capable of identifying the signatory
  • it is created using means that the signatory can maintain under their sole control; and it is linked to the data to which it relates in such a manner that any subsequent change of the data is detectable

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United Kingdom

Within the UK, E-Signs digital signature solution complies with the definition of an electronic signature under the Electronic Communications Act 2000.

United Kingdom Legality of Electronic Signatures

European Union

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.

European Union Electronic Signature Legality

United States of America

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.

E-Sign also complies with the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA, 1999)

United States Electronic Signature Legality

How E-Sign Complies with Electronic Signature Law

Unlike a handwritten signature, which is generally the same mark on every document, E-Sign’s digital signature is 100% unique to every document.

Signers identity is established by:

  • Email address
  • IP address
  • Location
  • Time and date stamping
  • Web browser and system information

E-Sign provides the following within its digital signature to ensure every document that is sent is secure and legally admissible:

  • Digital certificate authenticating all data and document interaction
  • Time and date stamping
  • Detailed document audit trail from inception to completion
  • Document integrity maintained and checked throughout the signature process
  • Secure storage of documents and data
  • Identification of users verified
  • Unique digital fingerprint created for every signed document
  • Unique signature fingerprint created for signatory

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