Electronic Signature Under Spanish Law

The European Directive on Electronic Signature has been implemented under Spanish law by the Royal Decree Law 14/1999 dated September 17, 1999 (“Spanish Act on Electronic Signatures.”) The Spanish Act sets out the general legal framework for the use of electronic signatures, recognition of their legal effect and the provision of certification services to the public.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is an electronic signature?
What is the fundamental principle of the Spanish Act on Electronic Signatures?
What is a certification service provider?
What requirements apply to certification service providers?


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