Electronic Signature Under The Law Of The Philippines

Electronic signatures are regulated by the Electronic Commerce Act n. 8792 of June 14, 2000 (the “Electronic Commerce Act” or “ECA”), which creates the legal framework for electronic commerce transactions in the Philippines, and by the Rules on Electronic Evidence, which took effect on August 1, 2001. The ECA sets forth several regulations aimed at supporting electronic transactions, and notably recognizes the validity of electronic signatures.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How is electronic signature defined under the ECA?
What is the legal status of electronic signatures?
What authentication procedure can be adopted?
What is the legal effect of an authenticated electronic signature?

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