Electronic Transaction Act 1998 (Singapore)

The ELECTRONIC TRANSACTION ACT (ETA) was enacted to create a predictable legal environment for e-commerce. It clearly defines the rights and obligations of the transacting parties. It also addresses the legal aspects of electronic contracts, use of digital signatures and concerns for authentication and non-repudiation. In order to facilitate the use of electronic transactions in the public sector, the ETA contains an omnibus provision through which government departments and statutory boards can accept electronic filings without having to amend their respective acts. It also allows public bodies to issue permits and licences electronically.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the purpose of the ETA?
What is the definition of an automated transaction?

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