Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act of 2000 Law and Legal Definition

The Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act of 2000 is a U.S. federal statute that facilitates the use of electronic records and signatures in interstate and foreign commerce by ensuring the validity and legal effect of contracts entered into electronically. Section 101(c)(1)(C)(ii) of the Act requires businesses to obtain from consumers electronic consent or confirmation to receive information electronically that a law requires to be in writing. Although every state has at least one law pertaining to electronic signatures, it is the federal law that lays out the guidelines for interstate commerce.