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Taiwan has legitimized electronic signatures by enacting The Electronic Signatures Act in 2001. This Act was enacted to encourage the utilization of electronic transactions, ensure the security of electronic transactions, and facilitate the development of electronic government and electronic commerce in Taiwan.
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:
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
Use cases of electronic signature in Taiwan
The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed our lifestyles and how one conducts business. Most non-essential companies have established completely remote work setups. This “new normal” has concentrated more attention on electronic means of transactions. The “new normal” in the age of Covid-19 proceeds to facilitate the use of eSignatures.
Documents that cannot be e-signed in Taiwan:
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