Countries

The electronic signature in Dominican Republic

The development of the digital signature is part of the ambitious project of the República Digital, which “seeks to guarantee access to information and communication technologies for Dominicans, helping to close the digital divide and providing better services to the public.” The Dominican rule that regulates the digital signature is Law 126-02 on Electronic Commerce,…

Electronic Signature in Argentina

In the Argentine Republic, though there’s been a ban since the year 2001( Law on Digital Signature Nº 25.506 in 2001, following the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Signatures), it was in 2012 when the use of digital signatures began to be allowed in the private sector, only for signing HR documentation and for public…

The e-signature in Canada

Canadian laws, both federally and in each of its provinces give electronic signatures the same value as the handwritten signatures. On a federal level, the use of digital signatures was officially approved by The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) in 2004. The e-signature is equivalent to a physical signature and both are equally…

The electronic signature in Chile

Governed by Ley sobre documentos electrónicos, firma electrónica y servicios  de certificación de dicha firma (19.799 de 2002). In article 3, the law recognizes the electronic signature in Chile as legal and applicable and in article 5 their admissibility. The law differentiates the electronic signature from the advanced electronic signature. Unlike other countries, in Chile…

The electronic signature in Costa Rica

In this case the regulation is Law 8454, on Certificates, Digital Signatures and Electronic Documents. In Costa Rica there is a differentiation between digital signatures and advanced digital signatures; however, in the above-mentioned law, it recognizes the possibility of legally binding the actors involved in electronic transactions, which makes it possible to bring into the…

The electronic signature in Ecuador

According to Law No. 2002-67 concerning e-signatures,e-commerce, the e-signature in Ecuador has the same legal validity as the handwritten signature, as long as it fulfils the following requirements: To be unique To uniquely identify the signatory’s authorship and identity Its creation and verification method is reliable, secure and unalterable for the purpose to which the…

The electronic signature in Guatemala

The regulations on the electronic signature in Guatemala are identical to those in Spain prior to the entry into force of the European eIDAS regulations. In this country, the legal framework is determined by Ley 47-2008: Ley para el Reconocimiento de las Comunicaciones y la Firma Electrónica, without any further modifications. According to this law,…

The electronic signature in Mexico

The electronic signature in Mexico is mostly regulated. Mexico is one of the countries with the highest business volume using electronic signatures

The electronic signature in Paraguay

In Paraguay, Law No. 4017 on the legal validity of electronic signatures, digital signatures, data messages and electronic files was signed in 2010 and came into force in 2011. The application of the law that regulates the electronic signature in Paraguay is wider than the Argentinean one, and it is limited by the fact that…

The electronic signature in Peru

The law on the digital and electronic signature in Peru is Law 27269. This law refers to electronic signatures and digital signatures: Electronic signature: Refers to any symbol based on electronic means used or adopted by a given party with the precise intention of linking or authenticating a document so that it meets the features…

The electronic signature in Puerto Rico

The current legislation in Puerto Rico is Ley 359 de 2004, on the Electronic Signature. Unlike most Latin American countries, Puerto Rican laws are more similar to United States than to Spain, and therefore to European laws as it is part of the U.S. Commonwealth. According to this law, the electronic signature is as valid…