Brazil Legislation On Electronic Signatures And Certification Authorities

Brazilian Government passed an e-commerce bill on Electronic Signatures and Certification Authorities that has been waiting for Congressional approval for over two years, as to January 2004. The bill defines and establishes the rules for the recognition of electronic signatures and the regulations applicable to the certification authorities in Brazil. The electronic signature rules presented by this bill are slightly different from those advised by the UNCITRAL e-commerce code and mostly accepted by the majority of Brazil Latin American neighbors. The most relevant points of the law are described bellow.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Do electronic signatures have legal value under the Brazilian legislation?
What are the rules regarding Root Certification Authorities (root CA) of Public Key Infrastructure- Brazil (PKI), and general certification authorities (CA) established by this bill?
When a CA may revoke a certificate?

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