Electronic Signature Law Of The Peoples Republic Of China

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress adopted the Electronic Signature Law of the People's Republic of China on August 28th, 2004, and went into effect on April 1st, 2005. This law is expected to have a large impact on the development of electronic commerce in China. In summary, the law establishes the validity of electronic documents and signatures, and outlines the requirements necessary for their binding legal effect.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Are there exceptions to the validity of electronic documents under the China Law?
What elements must a data message have to be considered an original document?
What are the conditions for document preservation under China Digital Signature Law?
What are the requirements of an Electronic Signature to be binding?

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