Electronic Signature Under Czech Law

The European Directive 1999/93/EC of December 13, 1999 on the Community Framework for Electronic Signatures has been implemented under Czech law by the Act No. 227 of 29 June 2000 on Electronic Signature that came into force as of October 1, 2000 (the “Electronic Signature Act.”) 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:

How is electronic signature defined under the Electronic Signature Act?
How does this work?
What is a qualified certificate and what is it used for?
What is an accredited CSP and why is accreditation useful?

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