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Electronic Signature Legal Status around the World

 Last updated: August 26, 2016     


INTRODUCTION:

Esignature usage is growing at a tremendous rate with both Docusign and Adobe Sign (formerly Echosign) leading the way. However not every country in the world recognizes the legality of the e-signature.

In this page, we will provide you the information that both Docusign and Adobe have regarding this issue.



Adobe Sign: Adobe has two pages where they list the countries that support both e-signature and digital signature. One page provides a world map and brief description detailing the difference between e-signature and digital signature. A second page goes into a country by country break down of how e-signature is handled by their respective legal systems. Please click on the links below to review the information:

Map of compliant countries

Global Guide to Electronic Signature Law

Docusign: Docusign provides a page where break up the information regarding the legality of e-signature into 4 sections. United States, United Kingdom, European Union, and the Rest of the World. They also provide links that go into greater detail on how the United States and the European Union/UK handle the issue. Please click on the links below to review the information:

Electronic Signature legality

ESIGN act and UETA

eIDAS and UK Electronic Signature Law