Using electronic signatures saves time and paper. But when seeking approval on a document, what constitutes an enforceable act? An email reply simply stating, “Okay,” “I approve,” “I agree” or “I accept”? An electronic or digital signature? Simply typing in your name, or scanning in your handwritten signature? A timestamp acknowledgement?
In the U.S., two acts establish the legality of electronic signatures – the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA, 1999) and the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN, 2000).