Electronic signatures and legality in the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, and Australia
Electronic signatures are legally binding for nearly every business or personal transaction in the United Kingdom and around the world.
Not all eSignature solutions are created equally. The DocuSign electronic signature solution in the United States complies with the definition of an electronic signature under the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce (ESIGN) Act and the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA).
In Australia, the relevant legislation facilitating the use of electronic communications (including electronic signatures) is the Electronic Transactions Act 1999 (Cth) and the equivalent state-based Electronic Transaction Acts. DocuSign’s electronic eSignature solution is designed to assist in meeting the requirements for a valid electronic signature under section 10 of the Electronic Transactions Act.
In the United Kingdom, the equivalent legislation to the ESIGN Act in the United States was the Electronic Communications Act 2000. DocuSign warrants that its electronic eSignature solution complies with the definition of an electronic signature under this act.
European Union (EU)
In 2014, the European Parliament repealed the eSignature Directive (1999/93/EC), with the goal of creating a more uniform, pan-EU market for electronic transactions. The replacement was the EU Regulation No 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market, also known as eIDAS. Electronic signatures are actively in use in Europe, and DocuSign eSignatures are compliant with eIDAS and EU electronic signature technical standards.
Rest of the world
Many countries in the world have adopted an electronic signature law or recognize electronic signatures. The DocuSign form of electronic signature meets the definition of a valid electronic signature under the vast majority of those laws.