Electronic signatures and the alchemy of electronic commerce

The online world can be an insecure place: how well do electronic signatures protect the cybershopper, ebanker or online trader?

The law on paper-based signatures is sparse and, at the end of the day, fairly straightforward. The legal issues surrounding electronic signatures are complex and go well beyond the issue of identification of an individual with a particular signature.

In this paper, we explain why this is so and how the new law on electronic signatures set out in the Electronic Transactions Act 2002 attempts to address these complexities.

Whether the new law is adequate to do this is another question examined by this paper.

Click here to read the paper.

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