Why do we call the digital signature electronic?

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Why do we call the digital signature electronic?

Spain has been a pioneer country in the definition of a legal framework that regulates the validity and the use of the digital signature. Therefore, on 17 September 1999, the Royal Decree Law 14/1999 was published.
This Decree, set the groundwork for the development of the later law of digital signature, named Law 59/2003, of 19 December, of electronic signature, which defines the concept of digital signature as: “Set of data, in electronic form, unrelated to other electronic data or functionally associated with them, used as a means to formally identify the author or authors of the document.”
The nomenclature of this Law in Spain is another example of the divergence existing in many countries between the meaning of electronic signature and digital signature, determined by the name that the legislator applies to this Law.
The same thing happens in many other countries such as Mexico, Argentina or Venezuela, where the electronic signature law is defined as to what in our views should have been known as the Digital Signature Law.
In the case of Spain, the Law was enacted with the aim to regulate the scope of application as well as the legal and juridical validity of the advanced electronic signature, setting the groundwork for its use.

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