You may see the terms ‘UETA’ and ‘ESign Act’ referred to on this site and elsewhere in connection with getting legally binding documents signed online. These are both regulatory acts drawn up by the US government to provide legal guidelines for ensuring the validity of electronic records and documents signed online. The Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (‘UETA’) is an Act adopted by 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (‘ESIGN’) was passed at the federal level in 2000.
Together these Acts establish guidelines by which electronic records and signatures achieve the same legal standing as traditional paper documents and handwritten signatures. It states that: A document or signature cannot be denied legal effect or enforceability solely because it is in electronic form. However, in order to achieve this equal standing, almost all documents signed between parties in the United States must meet the requirements set down by these two Acts before they can be deemed ‘legal and binding’.
Documents that are signed without meeting the requirements set down by ESIGN and UETA may be challenged in court.
The Internet Identity Card prepare legally-binding documents in accordance with ESIGN and UETA. Contracts that are signed using Internet Identity Card’s E-Signature will hold up to legal scrutiny, providing an encrypted signature process and a comprehensive audit trail of exactly who signed, what, and when. Following these E-Signature guidelines, combined with our robust security and compliance measures, will ensure that the Internet Identity Card has the same legal standing as traditional paper documents and handwritten signatures.
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