The Hungary Electronic Signature Act (ESA) was promulgated on June 12, 2001 by the Hungarian Parliament, and came into effect on September 1, 2001. The ESA regulates electronic signatures and the operation of certification service providers in Hungary. The ESA also provides legal recognition of certificates issued by certificate service providers in foreign countries if they meet certain criteria laid down by the Hungarian government.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How many types of signatures are covered by the ESA?
How are e- signatures treated under Hungarian law?
What are some of the legal limitations of electronic signatures under the ESA?
Is a legal electronic signature created in a foreign country approved by the ESA?
When can the certification service providers revoke the certificate issued under the ESA?


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