eSignatures are widely recognized as legally binding in the world. Learn more about eSignature legality across various countries from this guide.
Taiwan has legally recognized eSignatures since 2001 with The Electronic Signatures Act. This Act is enacted to encourage the use of electronic transactions, ensure the security of electronic transactions, and facilitate the development of electronic government and electronic commerce in Taiwan.
The Electronic Signatures Act defines that with the consent of the other party, an electronic record can be deployed as a declaration of intent.
Taiwan has a tiered eSignature legal model and recognizes digital signatures as a distinct type of eSignature.
eSignatures in Taiwan are broadly defined as “data attached to and associated with an electronic record, and executed with the intention of identifying and verifying the identity or qualification of the signatory of the electronic record and authenticating the electronic record.” Electronic signatures are valid as long as both parties agree to use this form on a contract or transaction. The following guidelines must be met for an electronic signature to be valid:
In some stances when the digital signatures are required, they need to meet the following criteria to be equivalent to handwritten signatures.
The tiered eSignature legal model in Taiwan allows companies to select the type of eSignatures to use while conducting their business.
eSignatures are not recommended for: