The Texas Attorney General has issued an opinion (No. GA-0228) that federal laws governing the use of e-signatures do not require county clerks to accept them for land records. The opinion states that federal law does not apply to real estate filings with the state. The opinion also notes that while the laws do apply to transactions between consenting private parties, there is no duty for county recorders to accept electronic signatures created in these private transactions.
Australia has enacted a new amendment that will broaden the definition of personal information and require more transparency from organizations on how that personal information is stored. The new law, The Privacy Regulation 2013, is part of the broader Privacy Amendment Act of 2012 and applies to companies with revenues of more than AUD 3 million that collect information, such as names, contact details, payment information, or other details related to a specific person, for any purpose.