Electronic signatures are in use across the globe. The widespread adoption of e-signatures has been supported by electronic signature laws around the world, including the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. Many of these are based on a model law enacted by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law – Model Law on Electronic Signatures (2001).
Today there are more than 75 countries that recognize the legal validity of e-signatures. This eBook provides an introduction to electronic signature laws around the world, including:
- The three forms of electronic signatures – Basic, Advanced and Certificate/Qualified E-Signatures;
- A list of e-signature types allowed by each country;
- Links to resources such as the Database of Electronic Signature Legislation;
- Information about data residency and privacy laws.