Digital Signature Laws

Here you can find articles and links to e-Signature laws and regulations around the world.

Regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market (eIDAS)

Currently under evaluation by the European Parliament, the Regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market (eIDAS) is the new framework for electronic identification and electronic trust services that will: ensure mutual recognition and acceptance of electronic identification across borders; give legal effect and mutual recognition to trust services including enhancing current rules on e-signatures and providing a legal framework for electronic seals, time stamping, electronic document acceptability, electronic delivery and website authentication.

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The United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts enters into force on 1 March 2013 – UN

The United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts entered into force on 1 March 2013. The Convention aims at enhancing legal certainty and commercial predictability where electronic communications are used in relation to international contracts. Hence, its adoption by States would provide a significant contribution to trade facilitation through the creation of an enabling environment for paperless trade.

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Directive 1999/93/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 December 1999 on a Community framework for electronic signatures – UK

This Directive establishes the legal framework at European level for electronic signatures and certification services. The aim is to make electronic signatures easier to use and help them become legally recognized within the Member States.

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Electronic Communications Act 2000 – UK

The Electronic Communications Act 2000 (c.7) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that:

– Regulates the provision of cryptographic services in the UK (ss.1-6); and
– Confirms the legal status of electronic signatures (ss.7-10).

The United Kingdom government had come to the conclusion that encryption, encryption services and electronic signatures would be important to e-Commerce in the UK.
By 1999, however, only the security services still hankered after key escrow. So a “sunset clause” was put in the bill. The May 2000 Electronic Communications Act gave the Home Office the power to create a registration regime for encryption services. This was given a five-year period before it would automatically lapse.
The five years expired in May 2006 and the legislation granting such a power disappeared from the statute book.

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Digital Signature Laws
Here you can find articles and links to e-Signature laws and regulations around the world.

Regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market (eIDAS)

Currently under evaluation by the European Parliament, the Regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market (eIDAS) is the new framework for electronic identification and electronic trust services that will: ensure mutual recognition and acceptance of electronic identification across borders; give legal effect and mutual recognition to trust services including enhancing current rules on e-signatures and providing a legal framework for electronic seals, time stamping, electronic document acceptability, electronic delivery and website authentication.

Read More Here

The United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts enters into force on 1 March 2013 – UN

The United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts entered into force on 1 March 2013. The Convention aims at enhancing legal certainty and commercial predictability where electronic communications are used in relation to international contracts. Hence, its adoption by States would provide a significant contribution to trade facilitation through the creation of an enabling environment for paperless trade.

Read More Here

Directive 1999/93/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 December 1999 on a Community framework for electronic signatures – UK

This Directive establishes the legal framework at European level for electronic signatures and certification services. The aim is to make electronic signatures easier to use and help them become legally recognized within the Member States.

Read More Here

Electronic Communications Act 2000 – UK

The Electronic Communications Act 2000 (c.7) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that:

– Regulates the provision of cryptographic services in the UK (ss.1-6); and
– Confirms the legal status of electronic signatures (ss.7-10).

The United Kingdom government had come to the conclusion that encryption, encryption services and electronic signatures would be important to e-Commerce in the UK.
By 1999, however, only the security services still hankered after key escrow. So a “sunset clause” was put in the bill. The May 2000 Electronic Communications Act gave the Home Office the power to create a registration regime for encryption services. This was given a five-year period before it would automatically lapse.
The five years expired in May 2006 and the legislation granting such a power disappeared from the statute book.

Read More Here