FAQs about eSignatures
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What is an eSignature?
According to the U.S. Federal ESIGN Act passed in 2000, an electronic signature is an "electronic sound, symbol, or process, attached to or logically associated with a contract or other record and executed or adopted by a person with the intent to sign the record."
In other words, when a signer signs an online document willfully and intentionally, it’s considered an eSignature. An eSignature works largely the same way as a handwritten or “wet” signature.
Are eSignatures secure?
eSignatures have been considered a legally binding way to sign documents and paperwork since 2000 and the security of eSignatures depends in large part on the provider of your eSignatures. Here are some of the critical security checkpoints to check off before using any eSignature service:
- SSL hosting
- Encryption at rest
- Secure data storage (We use Amazon Web Services, one of the most trusted cloud hosting providers available)
Are eSignatures legal?
Yes! eSignatures are a legally binding and accepted form of signature in the US, Canada, the UK, and parts of the world.
As it stands today, 47 of the 50 united states have signed the UETA. The remaining three states (Washington, New York, and Illinois) have passed their own laws regarding the legal status of eSignatures.