What are electronic and digital signatures?

An electronic signature — also known as an ‘e-signature‘ — is a simple and legally recognized way to indicate consent or approval on a digital document or form. A digital signature is a specific implementation of an e-signature that requires the signer to have a certificate-based digital ID.

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Are e-signatures legal and secure?

While not all e-signatures are created equal, those executed using a trusted solution are
enforceable, secure, and meet industry and regulatory compliance standards.

  • Legally binding

    Electronic signatures are recognized as legally valid
    and enforceable in countries around the world.

  • Compliance

    Adobe EchoSign is compliant with industry security standards, including HIPAA and PCI v3.0 used by the Payment Card industry.

  • More secure

    Due to multiple protections and certifications, e-signatures are typically more secure than pen and ink signatures.

  • Auditable

    Easier to audit than ink signatures, e-signatures can provide additional levels of security, tracking, and control.

Where are e-signatures accepted?

Currently, e-signatures are enforceable in 27 countries — including
Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Category 1: Countries where electronic signatures have the same legal status as written signatures.
Category 1: Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States
Category 2: Countries where electronic signatures are enforceable, but do not have the same status as a written signature.
Category 2: Belgium, China, Czech Republic, France, India, Japan, Russia
Category 3: Countries where the status of electronic signatures is unclear or where digital signatures are strongly preferred.
Category 3: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Macao, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay

How are e-signatures used?

Across departments, organizations, and industries — throughout companies both large and small
— e-signatures serve the same function as ink signatures while accelerating the time it takes to get
documents signed.


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