The History of Electronic Signatures - Foxit PDF Blog
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Posted Jan 4, 2022 4 min read
The History of Electronic Signatures - Foxit PDF Blog
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The history of electronic signatures goes back several centuries. The first known written signatures were created by the Sumerians and Egyptians. They were used to communicate ideas and information. The earliest known written signatures date from 3000 BC and are on a clay tablet in Japan. The writings are dated back to the time when the scribe Gar Ama was living. The use of a handwritten sign in the past has been controversial. The first electronic signatures were created in the Wild West. Today, the use of electronic signatures is common, and the legal definition is evolving. This technology is increasingly used in businesses and organizations to sign contracts, but the need for a legal definition of an electronic signature is still largely unknown. The United States is a pioneer in the field, with the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act of 1999 setting the standards for electronic signatures. The concept of [...]