Electronic Signature Legal Requirements

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Are electronic signatures legally binding?

We comply with eIDAS regulations to ensure your documents are legally binding in any court.

Here are some ways we have your back, legally.

For a start, once everyone has signed the document, you’ll get a full copy of all signatures with a certificate showing you:

  • Each signing party
  • Dates, IP addresses, and fingerprints
  • A full audit log

The document is stored securely in its electronic form in your account for easy access, by just you, anytime. To ensure all your documents are secure & legally binding we provide:

  • eIDAS compliance & exceedance of UK eSign regulation
  • Detailed audit log stored for each signature action
  • Identification of users verified before permitted to send documents
  • Document integrity checked, always
  • Unique  fingerprint IDs for each document
  • Secure storage of documents and data
  • Signatory identity verified via email address, timestamps and geo-tracking
  • SSL 256-bit AES/RSA encryption
  • Only you and people you’ve authorised can access documents

eIDAS – EU & UK electronic signature law

The Electronic IDentification Authentication and trust Services or eIDAS for short oversee electronic transactions within the European Union’s internal market. eIDAS has been enforced since July 2016 and provides a consistent, standardised framework for secure electronic identification and verification across Europe.

It basically means you can be safe in the knowledge that any electronic document you send between two EU countries is safe, legally compliant, and regulated under the eIDAS agreement.

What does this mean for you? Will your contracts be legally binding with electronic signatures?

To start with, before July 1st, 2016 each county across the EU was required to comply with other’s individual counties eSignature regulations. eIDAS means that all standards across the EU will be the same. So for example, if you’re sending a document to France from the UK, you won’t have to check that France’s regulations match the UK’s because both countries play by the European Union’s laws. 

The eIDAS covers all other EU countries so if you are sending a document to a business or person anywhere within the EU you can be safe in the knowledge that you are covered and your documents are legally binding. Further supplementing the eIDAS regulation, the UK Law Commission states that:

Electronic signatures can be used to execute documents, including where there is a statutory requirement for a signature (…) This means that, in most cases, electronic signatures can be used as a viable alternative to handwritten ones.

Brexit and Electronic Signatures

The UK left the European Union on the 31st January 2020 and entered into the transition period, which ended on the 31st December 2020. The eIDAS regulations will continue to be enforced. If you have used an e-signature service before the UK departed from the EU or during the transition period, whether based in the UK or EU, this will continue to be recognised in the UK and the EU.

We will update as the government releases guidance until then check our Brexit blog here

Signable and eIDAS

At Signable, we comply with all of the regulations established by the eIDAS Regulation which confirms the legal status of electronic signatures.

Want to learn more about electronic signature legal requirements and eIDAS? Why not download our free guide which provides you with an overview of the regulation:

Signable’s Guide ‘What’s eIDAS?’

Is Signable legal in my country?

Good question! We have a number of different e-signature legality guides designed to help answer that question. These guides cover the electronic signature regulations of a number of different countries including the UK.

These will be particularly useful if you are sending from or to countries outside of the UK and the EU. As you might expect different countries have different rules around electronic signatures, here you can learn what the differences are.

Click the link below to find the full list of countries:

Click here for our global legality guides

The different Types of eSignatures

There are three types of electronic signatures.

  • Standard Electronic Signature – any form of verification with evidence.
  • Advanced Electronic Signature – as above but also backed by a “digital signature” (which is different from an electronic signature and something you can read about more of here) which is in the sole control of the signer.
  • Qualified Electronic Signature – as above, however, the digital signature comes from a company on the ‘Qualified Provider’ list.

At the moment, Signable provides Standard Electronic Signature.

Still have questions?

If you want to learn more about Signable and eIDAS, you can head to our What is eIDAS? Page. Alternatively, you can ask us any questions you have! Here’s how you can get in touch with us.

Are you ready to try eSigning?

Great! You can check out our plans page to work out which one of our flexible monthly plans would suit you best. You can also register for a free 14-day trial to see if e-signing is right for your business.

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