Are eSignatures Legal?

A legally compliant electronic signature (eSignature) can be as simple as typing your name. They are incredibly simple and user friendly, and avoid the unnecessary hassles of printing and scanning documents.

As a result, the use of eSignatures has become widespread throughout all aspects of business. But often people ask whether an eSignature is just as good and legal as a written signature.

What is an eSignature?

According to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, an eSignature is a “signature that consists of one or more letters, characters, numbers or other symbols in digital form incorporated in, attached to or associated with an electronic document.”

In other words, an eSignature can be as simple as a typed name or a digital image of a handwritten signature that is attached to an electronic document.

eSignature laws have been enacted in all provinces and territories in Canada. With these legal changes, eSignatures are now treated as functionally equivalent to handwritten signatures for most purposes.

Founded’s eSignature technology is secure and easy to use

Using Founded, signature requests are sent via email and authenticated through secure, unique links. Validation is tied to a user’s unique email address.

Founded’s backend technology records an audit trail, adding further verifiability to all eSignatures in case there are any concerns in the future.

When sending documents to others through Founded, the recipient does not need to create an account to electronically sign the documents. This makes it easy to receive fully signed documents quickly when using Founded.