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Electronic signatures have revolutionized the way we authenticate documents, making finalizing agreements more efficient in Lithuania and worldwide. These digital tools enable quick and eco-friendly signing, reducing paper use and accelerating the pace of business transactions. However, understanding the critical considerations for implementing electronic signatures within Lithuania is vital.

Entities and individuals must select an electronic signature solution that adheres to Lithuanian laws, particularly the Law on Electronic Signature (2000). This legislation recognizes electronic signatures’ legal standing as equivalent to traditional pen-and-paper signatures. Yet, it’s important to remember that some documents may still necessitate a physical signature, and legal stipulations may differ across regions; thus, consulting with a legal expert is advisable.

The security of the electronic signature process is essential. The chosen service must provide vital security features, such as encryption, authentication measures, and detailed audit logs, to prevent unauthorized use and ensure document integrity. Services like BoldSign have been crafted to offer these security guarantees and meet compliance and security requirements.

In conclusion, while electronic signatures bring numerous benefits and enjoy broad acceptance, it is crucial to follow legal guidelines, prioritize security, and select an intuitive platform for their effective use in Lithuania.

As defined by the Law on Electronic Signature (2000), an electronic signature is a set of electronic data that is attached to, incorporated with, or logically associated with other electronic data. It is used to verify the purported author’s identity. Such signatures are legally binding. For most documents, the signatures must be securely linked to the signatory and protected against tampering or fraud. Meeting these requirements ensures that electronic signatures hold the same legal weight as handwritten ones.

Electronic signatures are considered just as valid as traditional wet-ink signatures; however, their use is subject to specific regulations spelt out in:

The regulation categorizes the signatures into two categories:

A standard electronic signature, as defined in Article 2, Clause 4, refers to data that is either incorporated, linked, or logically connected with additional data to verify the authenticity of that additional data and establish the identity of the individual signing.

Secure-electronic-signature, on the other hand (under Art. 2.5.), means signature based on a qualified certificate, which meets additional requirements outlined in the statute:

  • It is uniquely linked to the signatory.
  • It is capable of identifying the signatory.
  • It is created using a means that the signatory can maintain under his sole control.
  • It is linked to the data to which it relates so that any subsequent change in the data is detectable.

To be uniquely linked to a person

A secure electronic signature must be uniquely connected to the person using it. The signature must be uniquely made with methods that only the signer can access, like a private key and confidential info, to verify their identity.

The use and incorporation remain in their sole control

The person using the secure electronic signature must have sole control over the means of creating the signature. Typically, this requires managing a key pair or two-factor authentication, with the signer exclusively holding the private key to prevent unauthorized signature forgery.

Able to identify the person using the technological process

The process used to create the signature must be capable of identifying the person signing. This may include using a biometric signature, a Personal Identification Number (PIN), an email address or even a company registration number.

It is easy to track down any alterations made after signing

It is essential to preserve the authenticity of the signed document. Modifications made to the document post-signature should be identifiable. This is commonly accomplished through an audit trail. Audit trails record the signer’s IP address, timestamps of key signing events, and location, providing proof of identity, timing, and place of signature.

Law on Electronic Signature (2000)

Type of signature Unique features Validity standard
Standard Electronic Signature N/A Based on the evidentiary value
Secure Electronic Signatures
  • It is uniquely linked to the signatory.
  • Capable of identifying the signatory.
  • It was developed using a means that the signatory can maintain under his sole control.
  • Linked to the data to which it relates so that any subsequent change in the data is detectable.
  • Valid unless the contrary is proven.

The validity of electronic signatures depends on the type of document, rendering them appropriate for certain transactions while unsuitable for others. Below is an analysis and a table summarizing these transactions.

Electronic signatures can be employed to affix signatures and provide countersignatures on a diverse array of documents, such as:

  • Human resources
  • Procurement
  • Non-disclosure agreements (assuming they are contracts, not formal deeds)
  • Public petitions
  • Internal correspondences
  • End-user licences
  • Educational Field
  • Offer letters

Exemptions

The legislation does not explicitly specify which types of transactions are prohibited from being finalized using an electronic signature. Nonetheless, in accordance with the Lithuanian Civil Code, it is advisable to exercise caution in the following areas which are exempted:

  • Contracts of marriage (Art.1.74)
  • Notaries (under Art. 1.74)
  • Loan Agreements exceeding 3,000 euros in sum. (Art. 6.871)
  • Bills of exchange for sums exceeding 3000 euros
  • Official wills (Art. 5.28)
  • Contracts of gift providing gift exceeding 14.000 Euro in sum (Art. 6.469)
Permissible transactions Exempted transactions
  • Human resources
  • Procument
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements (assuming they are contracts, not formal deeds)
  • Internal correspondences
  • End-user licences
  • Educational Field
  • Offer letters
  • Contracts of marriage
  • Notaries
  • Employment termination notices.
  • Loan Agreements exceeding 3,000 euros in sum.
  • Bills of exchange for sums exceeding 3000 euros.
  • Official wills
  • Contracts of gift providing gift exceeding 14.000 Euro in sum.

To guarantee the legitimacy of an electronic signature, it is recommended to adhere to the following best practices while also ensuring compliance with all relevant legal obligations:

Unique case laws in Lithuania

In the case of Tel Aviv Peace Court Civil Case 29488/04 as read with Case No. 2A– 95/2006, the preciding judged undersored the validity of a typed name in an email adress as an indication of ones intention to be bound by contents of the said email and a valid form of standard electronic signature.

The following elements of compliance available within BoldSign can be used to comply with Lithuanian eSignature laws:

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