Regulatory Framework For Electronic Signatures

On 13 December 1999 the Directive on a Community Framework for Electronic Signatures was adopted. It guarantees the legal recognition of electronic signatures in the European Union.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is an electronic signature?
Is the introduction of legally valid electronic signatures the key solution for the further development of e-com?
If I sign a financial transaction with a “Belgian” electronic signatures, can Italian bank authorities dismiss that on ground of not meeting the criteria established under Italian Law?
Is there a difference between electronic and digital signatures?
Where can I get my electronic signature?

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