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German Cabinet OKs E-Signatures

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BERLIN, Germany (17 August 2000) — On Wednesday Germany’s Cabinet approved a bill giving electronic signatures the same status as pen and paper in an effort to make it easier to conduct electronic commerce. The proposed law also sets a course of action for Germany to comply with European Union laws on e-commerce. “With the […]

BERLIN, Germany (17 August 2000) — On Wednesday Germany’s Cabinet approved a bill giving electronic signatures the same status as pen and paper in an effort to make it easier to conduct electronic commerce. The proposed law also sets a course of action for Germany to comply with European Union laws on e-commerce.
“With the new signature law, we are setting the decisive course for a European single market for e-commerce,” Economics Minister Werner Mueller said in a statement and reported by the Associated Press. “I am confident that electronic signatures will soon become a normality of daily life.” Giving the electronic signatures the same status as paper signatures will allow a range of transactions to be performed by computer that previously weren’t allowed, and also make it unnecessary to keep paper copies of those documents. Parliament is expected to pass the bill in the fall so that it can take effect at the beginning of next year. (JW)

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