Electronic Signature Under Austrian Law

The European Directive on Electronic Signature has been implemented under Austrian law by the Federal Electronic Signature Law that came into force on January 1, 2000. This law provides that electronic signatures have the same probative value as handwritten signature provided that they are secure. These regulations also regulate the activity of Certification Service Providers (“CSPs.”)

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is an electronic signature, and what is a secure electronic signature?
What are the legal effects of an electronic signature and of a secure electronic signature?
Do certain transaction still need to be in writing?
What legal requirements apply to certification service providers (“CSP?”)


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