Electronic Signature in Civil Law Countries

Strong document and signing verification processes such as notarial acts have legally and historically been the procedure for pen and paper in civil law countries. By extension, electronic signature regulations often describe a specific authentication method for electronic signatures in these countries. The digital signature is used to comply with these regulations primarily in civil law countries, such as those in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Digital signature is a specific type of electronic signature technology that uses an encryption method defined by the X.509 Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) standard and a specific process of authentication, the digital certificate.