In 1998, Uruguay became the first country in South America to adopt the digital signature. The law in charge of regulating the Electronic Signature in Uruguay is Law 18600. Again, this regulation is very similar to the Spanish one, although in Spain there is a difference between the electronic signature – i.e simple electronic signature, and the digital signature – i.e. advanced digital signature
Electronic signature: The e-signature is the result of obtaining, by means of mechanisms or devices, a pattern that is uniquely linked to an individual and his willingness to sign.
Digital Signature: A digital signature is a pattern created via cryptography, using “public” or “asymmetric” key cryptographic systems, or via those determined by the evolution of technology (digital certificate).
Any electronic document authenticated through a digital signature shall be deemed to be of the authorship of the user to whom the corresponding private key has been given, unless there is evidence of forgery of the electronic document or of disclosure of the key by a third party.
In Uruguay, the cryptographic token is used as a way to store certificates