Are Electronic Signatures Legal?

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Are electronic signatures legal?

Electronic signatures are a recognised and legally binding means of signing documents and contracts in most countries around the world.

Signable complies with e-signature laws set by the UK and other member states within the European Union. We meet and exceed all of the regulations regarding accepting and processing documents, signed via electronic signatures. Therefore, any document signed via Signable across the UK and EU member states is legally valid.

 

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Signable provides the following to make sure every document you send is legally admissible and secure:

  • 256-bit SSL encryption on all pages, including signing
  • Detailed audit log stored for each signature action
  • Identification of users verified before permitted to send documents
  • Document integrity checked every step of the way
  • Unique salted fingerprints for each document
  • Secure storage of documents and data
  • Signatory identity verified via email address, timestamps and geo tracking

Electronic signature law

Signable complies with electronic signature regulations established by The eIDAS Regulation, and enacted by member states within the EU, which confirms the legal status of electronic signatures.

The regulations indicate that for an electronic signature to be valid and legal it must be the following:

Uniquely linked to the signatory

The Signable system ensures that every signature is uniquely linked to the signatory by storing secure records of the signature as well as additional information such as IP address, user details and environment.

Capable of identifying the signatory

When sending a document to a client additional information is required, such as name, company and email address. These details ensure that the signatory is identified at point of signing which is traceable back to both the signatory and yourself.

Created using methods that the signatory can maintain under their sole control

A document sent via Signable is only sent to the person the document is intended for. No other copies are sent elsewhere and the signatory has sole control over the signing process.

Additional criteria for valid electronic signatures

As well as the above criteria, Signable goes one step further and ensures the following points are adhered to:

  • Secure document storage and access
  • Full audit log, tracking account and document management
  • Functionality on all major browsers on all Operating Systems
  • Detailed internal logging

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