Electronic Transactions Under The Law Of Hong Kong

Electronic transactions in Hong Kong are regulated by the Electronic Transactions Ordinance, enacted on January 7, 2000 and effective on April 7, 2000 (the “ETO”), which provides a regulatory framework for the development of electronic commerce in Hong Kong. The ETO establishes the validity of electronic signatures and delineates the requirements for the formation of an electronic contract.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the legal status of electronic transactions under the ETO?
What is the status of digital signatures under the ETO?
What rules apply to the time of dispatch/receipt of an electronic communication?
What rules apply to the place of dispatch/receipt of an electronic communication?

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