Time To Streamline E-Sign Act's Consumer Consent Process

By Brian Casey and Patrick Hatfield (August 26, 2020, 5:03 PM EDT) -- The E-Sign Modernization Act of 2020, which Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Todd Young, R-Ind., introduced last month as S.4159 in the U.S. Senate's Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, is a welcome proposed change to the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce, or E-Sign, Act.[1]

The E-Sign Act recently clocked its 20th anniversary in June and was a key piece of legislation that Congress enacted during the dot-com heyday, which legitimized electronic signatures, electronic contracts and electronic delivery of written consumer disclosures as well as satisfying record retention laws through electronic records storage.

While Congress is now...

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