Electronic signatures came to rise before laws and governmental regulations were in place to protect their role in commerce. With the E-Sign Act of 2000, companies could no longer deny the validity of a signature based on its digital nature. At the same time, it gave consumers the right to refuse to sign contracts electronically if they would rather sign a paper form.
The Act paved the way for electronic signatures to catch on globally, but the public was slow to embrace the technology because organizations and private citizens remained concerned about its legality. Today, improved security and standards have allowed ExactHire and other companies to use this tool to everyone’s benefit.