Electronic signatures in Taiwan are defined as “data attached to and related to an electronic record, and executed to identify and verify the identity or qualification of the signatory of the electronic record and authenticating the electronic record.” Electronic signatures are valid so long as both parties comply with the use of this manner of the signature on a contract or transaction. The following requirements must be met for an electronic signature to be legitimate:
- 1 Signed document shall not be altered or tampered without signatory’s consent,
- 1 Signed document must be accessible by both parties, and
- 1 Administrative regulation does not prohibit the use of Electronic signatures.
In some stances when digital signatures are required, they need to meet these parameters under Article 10 of the Electronic Signatures Act:
1 it shall be supported by a certificate issued by a certification service provider whose certification practice statement is approved in accordance with Article 11 or which is permitted in accordance with Article 15; and 1 the certificate is valid and is not used contrary to its limitation of use.
The list of government authorized certification service providers:https://gcis.nat.gov.tw/mainNew/subclassNAction.do?method=getFile&pk=690