Germany Produces Electronic Signature Bill

August 16, 2000

The German cabinet unveiled on Wednesday a draft bill to develop a standard for electronic signatures in Internet commerce. The move is in step with a European Union initiative and follows the EU’s approval of a directive on electronic commerce that required member states to pass electronic signature laws.

The German cabinet unveiled on Wednesday a draft bill to develop a standard for electronic signatures in Internet commerce. The move is in step with a European Union initiative and follows the EU’s approval of a directive on electronic commerce that required member states to pass electronic signature laws.

The draft bill will require German parliamentary approval and is expected to establish a safe standard to increase trade over the Internet. It is expected to become law in 2001.

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