Electronic Signature Under The Law Of Hong Kong

Electronic signatures 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 sets forth several regulations applying to electronic contracts.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How is digital signature defined under the ETO?
What is the status of digital signatures under the ETO?
How are Certification Authorities (“CAs”) regulated under the ETO?
What rules apply to the liability of CAs?


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