Digital Signatures

A Survey of Law and Practice in the European Union

With the explosion of e-commerce, and especially the use of the internet for business transactions, the "paperless office" should surely already have become a reality. Its progress has, however, been impede by tha lack of sufficient information security and a workable legal framework. So where are we now? Can we really trust electronic business transactions to be reliable, provable and enforceable, even on an international basis?

Find the answers in this ground-breaking study undertaken for the European Commission. Carried out by the Interdisciplinary Centre for law and Information Technology of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, it provides a country-by-country review of the technology and deployment of electronic signatures. It also examines the legal and regulatory issues and the legal framework relating to their use in Europe and beyond.
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Everyone involved in e-commerce, company and contract law, and the provision of information technology systems


Book information

  • Published: December 1999
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-85573-469-2

Table of Contents

Executive summary Report; The digital signature: Technical and legal issues Report; Main practical usages of and emerging implementation scenarios for electronic signatures Report; Current and draft legal instruments with regard to digital signatures Report; Internal market obstacles Report; Solutions Addendum The European Draft Directive on a Common Framework for Electronic Signatures.